Deducting Medical Expenses & Extracurricular Activities From Child Support

by Lee from Tampa, Florida, Hillsborough County

My Settlement states all medical expenses (i.e. co-pays, OTC medications, and services not covered by insurance) and all children's extracurricular activities (i.e. registration fees, membership fees, equipment, etc...) will be split 50/50 between the ex and myself.

I recently signed my 2 daughters up for basketball and volleyball which cost me $250.00.

The ex stated she would not pay her half ($125) so I deducted it from the child support check.

Can I get into trouble for this?

Answer to Florida Child Support Question

Dear Lee,

I don't think you can find yourself in trouble for that, you are after all, only following what the court order already states.

The only question I have is whether you and your ex-wife were supposed to decide together the extra-curricular activities that your daughters participate in.

What I mean is, if the Parenting Plan states that you must agree on the activities, and there was no agreement, and then you signed them up for those activities anyway -- then the expenses might be all yours.

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