Extraordinary Expenses

from what I understand it depends on the exact circumstances but generally: 50% orthodontists/health (out of pocket w/exception of co-pays), 0% college do NOT agree in writing that you will pay for any college!! If you are in the position and choose to pay for part or all of that later than that is your choice, but you are not obligated.

Travel ice hockey, travel soccer, and clothes…I have been told that if you have joint physical custody than these fees are to be split 50/50. I would imagine if you have sole physical, and this is extremely expensive than the costs could be split 50/50 or 25/75.Try to come to a fair agreement. An attorney will respond also.

Dear moving_on,

The expenses you have mentioned are generally not considered extraordinary expenses. These issues are determined on a case by case basis, even if there is no case law regarding your specific expenses you may be successful in getting a lower amount of child support. I would consider the possible benefit carefully before pursuing this legally.

Helena M. Nevicosi
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

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Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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I have met with an attorney (that I was totally unimpressed with) concerning extraordinary Expenses. My understanding is that this is an area that is covered by case law instead of statutes.

First, how is the percentage determined? Gross income of the two parents?

Second, there MUST be a case or a list of what is covered under extraordinary expenses. In particular, the items I’m interested in are: orthodontists, college, travel ice hockey, travel soccer, clothes (uniforms, etc).

Any help in this area would be appreciated.