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Old 09-25-2010, 11:33 AM
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Aside from medical, dental and daycare what qualifies as a section 7 expense?

Gym membership at the Y?

Private guitar lessons?

Special school trips (In excess of $100)?

Photography classes?

School Fees?

Kickboxing Membership?

From what I can find... it is so varied.

In some circumstances, if the ex spouses are amicable, and the NCP is an involved parent, then the NCP helps pay for these type things.... but in other posts, the only time a NCP is responsible for additional contributions is if the child is a prodigy of some type....

If the parties cannot agree, is it the Judge who decides what is and is not a qualified expense?
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My argument is if the parent wants to do extra curricular activities such as guitar, dance lessions etc that they should not have to rely on the other to pay for such. I think that's just being greedy.
But yes if the child needs some dental work etc that should be split.
How would you word it in an agreement that you will only ask for medical, dental and daycare and maybe a few school trips?
I dont want my ex to think I will hit him up for all the other things as he thinks I will.
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Gym membership at the Y?

Kickboxing Membership?
can be covered by the fitness tax credit for a large part...make sure s. 7 is not merely split, but split after any rebates on taxes!

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Private guitar lessons?

Photography classes?
Would depend on the child's best interests and the parents means...

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Special school trips (In excess of $100)?

School Fees?
Again would depend on the parents means...and the cost of the fees...for a person making 50K, a $50 fee is not extraordinary...for a person making 20K, it may well be...but the courts are more likely to say yes to these than most others.

As for what qualifies...it depends on the parents, the child, and the incomes...which is why it is case by case consideration.

My take on it is that the parents should agree on extra-curriculars, regardless of custody...if you lived together or were married, it would be a discussion, not unilateral...why does that change?

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It changes now because of the fight about money in most case.
One ex signs child up in other things that maybe they wouldn't necessarily do if parents were together, the other parent fights and disagrees with having to pay.
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That changes because they are divorced.

Who gets to decide the best interests of a child when one parent wants music lessons and the other wants knitting classes?
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I sign my son up for things he will benefit from, and ask no section 7 aside from childcare. I think that extra curriculars should be covered off with child support.
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Who gets to decide the best interests of a child when one parent wants music lessons and the other wants knitting classes?
Lmfao....and what does the CHILD want?
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I sign my son up for things he will benefit from, and ask no section 7 aside from childcare. I think that extra curriculars should be covered off with child support.
I agree with this. But how do I word it in an agreement to let the ex know this? Im just looking for extra expensives say if the child needs braces etc. Not for other things I think I would like to sign child up for.
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Lmfao....and what does the CHILD want?
Ask his mother.
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What happens when the parent that makes less (by half) is always paying the s. 7 costs. and despite attempts to try and discuss amicably the other parent says they will agree to help with costs but only if they can erview them first...but some of these things are time sensitive and you either pay them or the child misses out (i. e filed trips, sports etc)
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