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Back to School Shopping Raises Child Support Questions - Family Law News

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Posted on: Aug 18, 2014

It's the time of year when kids are going back to school and shopping for the school year, getting things like supplies, clothes and other items they will need. For divorced parents, the money spent on back-to-school shopping can raise questions about who is responsible for paying for them.

Ryan Cassman of Coots Henke & Wheeler PC published a piece discussing this very issue. In "Back To School! Who Pays for School Supplies, Clothes and Fees? Indiana Child Support Guidelines", Cassman outlines the different categories of child support expenses and how they apply to school costs. This includes the differences between shopping for clothing items, "extraordinary educational expenses" and elementary and secondary education.

Cassman suggests that in order to prevent this issue from arising, couples should detail these costs in the support order. Check out his article here.

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