So, you can’t ask your co-parent for extra child support money to go to the movies with the kids. It is already included in child support. Or to take them out to dinner. Also, already included in the child support calculation. But what about all the other really expensive costs that come up for your children that child support does not cover- so there is no mandated formula to help you figure out payment- costs for their cell phone each month, travel soccer, weekly piano lessons or braces.
Ideally you and your co-parent decide how to address all of the financial costs that come up constantly that are not covered by child support during the process of mediation, before you get divorced. Once you separate your one joint bank account into two individual accounts how do you know who is paying how much for what for all of the non-child support expenses? The divorce mediators at Westfield Mediation, LLC, help you make sure your children’s cell phone bill continues to get paid each month. During the process of mediation, you will develop a strategy to pay for all of the expenses that are over and above the payment of child support. One of the benefits of divorce mediation is that you have the flexibility to work out a plan that is tailored to your needs. The divorce mediators can help you figure out what works best for your particular financial situation. Because, as we all know, kids can be expensive.
For more information on child support or divorce mediation, please contact Randi M. Albert, JD, or Michelle Weinberg, M.Ed., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, at Westfield Mediation, LLC at 908.913.0373. View our website at www.westfieldnjmediation.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.