Many South Carolina residents watched television coverage of Michael Phelps and Gabby Douglas competing at the Rio Summer Olympics. The two athletes are both at the top of their game, and they are both children of divorced parents. Phelps and Douglas are a reminder that children can still accomplish great things after their parents end their marriage.
A divorced parent who believes that they may have the next little Phelps or Douglas will probably have a lot of athletic expenses each month. Paying for extra coaching, traveling to compete in tournaments and purchasing sports equipment can add up. In some cases, a divorced parent who is paying child support may have to pay extra to cover the child's athletic expenses.