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Old 01-03-2015, 10:59 PM
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Question concerned table when child is away at university and was asked on behalf of NCP. As you are aware,the table amount is not impacted by recipient's income or needs. Assume two CP's each own a home. CP1 has large mortgage payments while CP2 does not have a mortgage. Each would receive the same table amount. The child's tuition, texts, meal plan, health costs and residence are split equally based on their equivalentincomes. The costs are not a burden on either. NCP does not have mortgage.
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:02 PM
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This makes no sense. Why would both parents receive table amount if one is a "non custodial parent". There is only one payer of CS in your example.

Mortgages have nothing to do with this.
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:12 PM
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Table is a large amount. Child's only expenses not specifically paid for as set out above would be clothing. Note child is given a sizeable allowance. Therefore it seems the only cost related to the child are a portion of the CP's personal residence cost. Where table amount is high it far exceeds CP's housing costs . In other fact patterns the table amount may be insufficient eg. NCP has low income. Point being, table is not referable to needs. In the case I query reduced table far exceeds even one half of annual CP costs. Arguably a windfall.

Allocation of education related expenses based Your limited facts would suggest
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:29 PM
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Based on trends though not always- child contributes 1/3 if she can, parents pay proportionate to their respective incomes. Table is often reduced to amounts ranging from one-half to one-third of full amount while child is away and full for the summer. However I have seen cases where it is not. All of this is based on limited review of cases. I am by no means an authority. Your specific facts and the dynamics of the process of reaching agreement will important in determining what reduction to table after child is away. I assume that the CP currently pays a higher proportion of the add ons or extras based on her much higher income. Of course terms of existing agreement or order is also relevant on how you move forward.
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:30 PM
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Clothes are paid out of CS, allowance is an optional thing and the responsibility of the person who decided to give it, completely unrelated to the other parent as it is most certainly not a requirement and counts towards nothing. CS also covers expenses relates to the CP maintaining a home all year round for the kid, ie: utilities, taxes, insurance, furnishings etc. Those expenses don't go away the months the kid is at school


CS is based on the payor's income, not the expenses of the recipient or whether either has a mortgage.

University / college expenses often get split three ways, a third to the student and a third to each parent.

You state the costs are not a burden, so what exactly is the issue?
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