Does child support cover educational and extracurricular expenses?
- Regular Monthly Support - also known as section 3 child support. This is the standard monthly payment.
- Special or Extraordinary Expenses – also known as section 7 expenses, these cover additional costs for children, such as:
- Extracurricular activities like swimming, soccer, or piano lessons.
- Education related costs like tuition and field trips.
- Medical and dental expenses not covered by insurance.
While education related costs and necessary medical and dental expenses are usually covered, it may be more difficult to collect a portion of the cost related to extracurricular activities under section 7 of the FCSGs.
The court will evaluate whether expenses are covered under section 7 by deciding whether:
- The expenses exceed those that the requesting parent can reasonably cover, or
- The expenses are considered extraordinary taking into account:
- the amount of the expense in relation to the income of the requesting spouse
- the nature and number of educational programs and extracurricular activities
- any special needs or talents of the children
- the overall cost of the programs and activities
- any other similar factor the court considers relevant
These extra costs are typically shared proportionately between both parents, but it may depend on their overall financial situation.