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What are everyday expenses in child support terms?

On behalf of North Tampa Legal Group posted in child support on Monday, June 19, 2017.

When parents in Florida get divorced, they still have a child to take care of. Child support payments are meant to help bridge the financial gap created after one parent leaves. The other parent is meant to cover everyday expenses, and use the support payments to help.

What exactly are “everyday expenses” when it comes to child support? To know this, you should have a good idea of what constitutes everyday expenses in the first place. What Mommy Does lists monthly household expenses that can be relied on as constants, unlike certain items which may fluctuate based on the month or even the year. Fluctuating items can include cost of heating or cooling, which is seasonal, or non-essential things such as presents near the holiday season.

Necessities include things like insurance, bills, utilities, clothing, food, and items for child care. If your child is attending school, you’ll also need to factor supplies into the daily budget. You may need to tack on additional expenses if your child has any health condition or some ailment or issue that requires medication. Things that improve their daily quality of life, like soap or cleaners, could also be counted as an everyday expense.

Covering all of these expenses on your own can be a daunting task. This is precisely why child support payments are made, and why they are so important to the entire family. In this way, both parents can continue contributing to the financial wellbeing of the child without the tension that may have been present before the divorce was finalized.