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Expenses a judge might not consider in child support orders

After North Carolina parents go through a divorce, one may begin paying child support to the other. A child support agreement is either negotiated outside of court or ordered by a judge. A judge who makes a ruling on child support will consider the parents' combined incomes and the child's monthly expenses.

A judge will not include every single monthly expense that a child incurs in a child support order, and many items that a custodial parent might consider to be essential are referred to as 'extras" in family law. Some of the extras not covered by child support include the costs of day care, after-school care and babysitting. While school tuition may be factored into a child support calculation, the costs of school uniforms, school supplies and school photos might not be.

Many parents view extracurricular sports, private music lessons and academic tutoring as necessities. However, these extras might not be covered by child support, and custodial parent swill usually have to pay for them out of their own pocket. When a child grows into a teenager, the cost of the child's first car and car insurance are other extras. The cost of college tuition is also not covered by most state child support guidelines.

A noncustodial parent may be willing to pay for some of the extras that child support guidelines do not take into account. If a divorcing parent negotiates a child support agreement with the help of legal counsel, it might be more personalized to a child's actual needs.

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