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Paying for a child's sport as a divorced parent

Helping Pennsylvania kids reach their sports dreams can be time consuming and expensive. For many single or divorced parents, finding the money to support those dreams can be quite difficult. This is especially true if both parents do not agree on how much should be spent on particular activities.

Divorcees who cannot agree on who should pay for athletic expenses should first consult their official child support arrangements. Usually, the child support payments include a certain amount that will go toward "entertainment." Depending on the sport, this portion of the support could go toward private lessons, coaching fees, athletic wear and equipment. However, this money also can also be used for activities such as going to concerts or amusement parks.

If the child shows real promise, the costs for the sport can easily reach more than what the allotted amount of funds can cover. In these cases, the court may determine that continuing in the sport is in the best interests of the child. More of the child support may then be allowed to go toward the costs of the child's sport.

Although a custodial parent may be awarded more in child support if the child is involved in a high-level sport, the court cannot force a noncustodial parent to go bankrupt or take out a second mortgage to pay for a child's sport. If the parent's financial situation changes, a family law attorney may assist in seeking to modify the monthly amount of child support. The lawyer could help ensure that the parent has all of the proper paperwork in place to potentially save time. If there is evidence that the custodial parent is not using the allotted funds for the child's athletic costs, the attorney may assist with reducing the amount of support.

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