Do I Have To Pay Child Support During Summer Vacation?

Kentucky child supportIf you currently pay child support to the noncustodial parent, you may be wondering if your child’s summer vacation or extended visit exempts you from paying for that particular window of time.  After all, wouldn’t you buying clothes and paying for any extra curricular activities for your child?


Unfortunately, the courts rarely view the child’s change of residence as a reason to pass financial obligations from one parent to the other. One of the reasons for this decision is that the courts view fixed expenses, such as rent, utilities and insurance to be unchanged, regardless of where the child is living.


In contrast, both parents along with court approval, may be allowed to set specific payment terms for summer vacations.  However, court orders almost always rule that child support must be paid in specific terms every month.  This helps to avoid the confusing “he said, she said” arguments that may result from parents trying to work through terms themselves.


In addition, the “back and forth” of terms between parents can impact important budget planning, which in turn, may affect the mental health of the child.  Finally, in court, the extra clothes you buy or activities that you fund may be treated as gifts for your child and nothing more.


Courts are quite firm and specific about setting the payment terms of child support, regardless of whether you are the custodial or noncustodial parent.


You may have further questions about your child support obligations during summer vacations and other extended visits, so get in touch with an expert divorce and child support lawyer. Yourfamily law attorney can help you work through the difficulties of establishing child support terms with the other parent, while helping you to decide what is best for you and your family.


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