Monday, July 14, 2014

Whom is responsible for paying for kids clothing and basic essentials when they are away from both parents for summer or college

Q: Custody is split. Each parent provides for child when they are with that parent. What is the definition of child support when a child is away from both parents?  Where can I find in writing that the parent receiving support is responsible for the child's basic essentials, inclusive of clothing, hygiene products etc, while they are away at summer camp or college. It states in stipulation about college that set aside accounts or for College tuition, room & board along with needed computer supplies.  Person paying support is responsible for summer camp tuition room, board as well.

A: Basic child support is meant to cover expenses such as housing, food & clothing. If the children are away at summer camp, then the parents are generally obligated to pay pro-rata for the summer camp, which in turn provides the children's housing & food.  -- David Bliven, Westchester Family Law attorney (

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