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What basic child support covers and what expenses can be added on

Raising children in New York is not always an easy job. First and foremost parents have to make sure that their children's needs are met, but there are many other decisions they need to make as well. These include which medical providers they will go to, what schools they will attend, what sports and activities they will participate in, what religion they will be raised in as well as many other decisions. This is in addition to making sure their children are following the rules of the house and doing what is expected of them.

Raising children also costs money. Providing all of the things mentioned above costs money and it is the responsibility of both parents to pay for these costs. This can be a somewhat difficult task when the parents are separated or divorced though. Therefore, to ensure that both parents are providing financially, there are usually child support orders that govern how much one parent owes to the other one.

The child support guidelines generally determine the amount the parent owes. This guideline amount covers basic child support, which pays for the necessities such as food, clothing and shelter. However, there are add-ons to this basic amount, both mandatory add-ons and non-mandatory. Mandatory add-ons include costs for medical insurance premiums, unreimbursed medical costs and child care costs. The optional add-ons include extracurricular activities, school costs, religious costs and others. So, the total child support obligation really depends on the individual circumstances of the parents.

There are many parents in New York who are divorced or never married to the other parent. While the parents are no longer together, the law ensures that both parents contribute to the costs of raising the children. This is accomplished through child support orders, which usually force the non-custodial parent to pay child support to the custodial parent. The determination on the amount depends on a number of factors though. Experienced attorneys understand these factors and may be able to guide one through the process.

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