Paying for Children’s Clothing
If you have recently gone through a divorce, you will know that a lot has changed. With a new season on the way, you may be wondering who is paying for children’s clothing when they need it. It is something that you will have to buy often, especially if your child is growing.
Paying for Children’s Clothing | Child Support
Clients often ask if, as the non-custodial parent, they are obligated to pay for clothing. Conversely, if they’re the custodial parent, they want to know whether the non-custodial parent is obligated to pay for clothing. The reality is that – although child support is supposed to cover basic items such as shelter, clothing, and food – the inquiry on this issue doesn’t end there. If the parents have a shared custodial arrangement and the amount of child support being paid is reduced, the parent receiving a reduced amount of support might expect the other parent to pay for some clothing.
Paying for Children’s Clothing | Custodial Agreements
In a shared custodial arrangement with no child support being paid, we tend to outline all of the other things that would be paid for by both parents. If the non-custodial parent is making a very low basic support payment, it might be difficult for the custodial parent to pay for all of the child’s clothing. This is not an open and shut issue, but the judge cannot make an order directing a non-custodial parent to pay for clothing above and beyond child support. This is an issue you should explore with your attorney who will make sure you know your rights.
If you are wondering about paying for children’s clothing, please call our Saratoga family law attorneys today to talk about how this can be resolved.