Negotiating a consent order out of court without filing any litigation and going through the litigation process is very common and oftentimes very successful. This way essentially keeps your case out of court because you handle all the details of the consent order by negotiating with the other side and sometimes in a mediation.
The advantage to this way is that the cost is much less expensive and you have an agreement that is easier to enforce (and sometimes modify) by it becoming a court order.
Child support is based on the gross incomes of both of the parents with reductions for the parent paying for the child’s health insurance among other things. Uninsured/unreimbursed medical bills are not counted in the child support worksheet. Instead, they are treated as a separate item whereas each parent agrees to pay a percentage of the uninsured/unreimbursed medical expenses on top of the monthly child support obligation. The same would go for extracurricular activities.
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