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Old 08-07-2015, 09:03 PM
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Default Section 7 University Housing Costs

Parents agreed to share "housing costs" while child was away at university. Mother's
lawyer arranged for this to be included in amended court order.


Child will
be living in apartment with other students off campus. Rent and utilities are clearly housing costs and food is separately provided for.

Where does one draw the line in terms of what is a section 7 housing cost versus an item that should be covered by the monthly table amount which though lower than table remains

What about furniture ,
New blinds, bedding, towels , kitchen items such as pots and pans etc.

Mother will argue that they are housing costs. Unless court orders detail every conceivable item some will always argue and demand. Mother no mortgage so a big chunk of table is windfall.

Any guidance on where the line should be drawn. I suspect that court cases are not that specific or granular?


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Thats a fine line because most kids do goodwill and discount stores for housing stuff. Your ex will probably say all new stuff is necessary. Id hold firm on housing costs and if kid needs anything else tell them youll take them thrift shopping.
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Old 08-07-2015, 11:20 PM
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Thanks ! So bed sheets and smaller items are section 7 housing costs and not to be paid for with the table amount?

Not a whole lot of goodwill happening here. Eg. She bought the child a down duvet for $400 and gave me the receipt. Together with a receipt for a pack of hangers. Never knew hangers were section 7.
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Thats not acceptable. You should speak to a lawyer. Its like the parent who signs a kid up for $100 swimming lessons when there are similar ones at $50. You should have some consent in the decision.
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