Author Topic: Extra Curricular Activities Defined?  (Read 106 times)

GetAKitty

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Extra Curricular Activities Defined?
« on: July 29, 2019, 01:41:43 PM »
A friend of mine became divorced from her husband 18 months ago, ending a 20 year marriage.  The divorce decree says that she is to pay for the kids? extracurricular activities out of the child support the husband pays her each month.  The daughter participates in competitive cheerleading and the mother has been paying 100% of the expenses since last year because the ex-husband said that it was an extracurricular activity.  I don?t agree that it is.  It is not related to any school activity and I view this more as a ?hobby? or activity that the daughter does.  So my question is, in your opinion, is the activity ?extracurricular? or is it more likely that the husband simply told the wife that it was to get her to pay for it from the child support.  They were divorced in Johnson County.

BMull

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Re: Extra Curricular Activities Defined?
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2019, 10:54:24 PM »
Hello.  Honestly, it wouldn't matter if this were a hobby or an extracurricular activity.  It is well documented with the court and the committee meeting minutes that the tables used to derive the parental child support obligations are inclusive of every conceivable expense for a family.  When a parent is "residential" or "custodial" they receive all the money for all these expenses and they are expected to pay for them using child support money.

It is a common misconception that a child should be able to be supported on child support.  This narrative is completely false.  Kansas is an income shares state which puts a financial obligation on each parent to pay their respective share of the expenses.  So the child support payment only represents the father's portion.  Mother also needs to contribute.

My personal opinion is that cheer is absolutely an extracurricular activity.  Terming it a "hobby" is tomato/tomoto.  Cheerleading is practiced in schools. Just because you decide to spend $1k or more per month for competitive cheer doesn't make it a hobby.  But, to my previous point - it doesn't matter what you call it.

While I sat on the advisory committee I was in the room when a similar question was asked of the state economist.  It was concluded that families who elect to spend enormous amounts on frivolous activities simply take away from other activities (and potentially needs).  This would be the case with married families - there's no reason to provide additional advantages to children of separated families.  If it can't be afforded in a married family, it can't be afforded by a separated family.

A little blunt, but that's my opinion.