When Child Support Runs Out Who Pays For Summer Camp?

Summer breaks can prove challenging for parents for many reasons. Families who have just recently gone through a divorce may not be used to their specific timesharing schedules.

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Even families who are more comfortable with raising children as divorced parents find the summer months challenging as their timesharing schedules may change. Then there is the added issue of who pays for summer camp when child support runs out. This question also applies to travel plans with the children and other activities. While child support may have factored these costs into monthly payments, oftentimes unexpected costs do arise.

As summer begins to wind down, think about your family’s experience over the last couple of months. Were there conflicts and costs that could have been avoided? Ideally, your parenting plan should address these concerns and anticipate scenarios such as sleep-away camps and family trips. When formulating your parenting plan, keep the following in mind:

  • Cost of activities: As many parents do not have an alternative summer work schedule, a large number of children attend summer camp programs during the day. These programs can be costly and if not accounted for in your plan or factored into child support calculations, deciding who bears the brunt of the bill could lead to conflict. Discuss a budget for children’s activities ahead or time so there are no surprises down the road.
  • Timesharing interruptions: The normal timesharing schedule of the children is bound to change during the summer. Whether you are planning a week-long family reunion out of state or the children are traveling to an overnight camp, this will affect everyone’s time. To alleviate the stress and frustration of last minute planning, make sure any vacation time is clearly discussed with plenty of time to request off work and make arrangements with the other parent.
  • Transitioning back to school: As the time draws nearer to school starting up, everyone will need to get back into the routine of their normal timesharing schedule. Discuss this transition with the other parent, making sure to include details such as any extracurricular activities or clubs the children will be participating in and that will require additional communication and co-parenting.

Are you struggling with child support that has run out? Do you need some new ideas to help formulate your parenting plan? Email me: Keith@AttorneyGrossman.com or call my toll free number: 877-687-1392, or call my local number: 239-210-7516.

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