Author Topic: Is Drivers Ed an Indirect Expense?  (Read 1149 times)

HappyCamper

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Is Drivers Ed an Indirect Expense?
« on: February 15, 2019, 12:26:26 AM »
My ex and I have joint legal custody of our last minor child.  We do not share parenting time 50/50 and as a result my child support is higher than a 50/50 arrangement.  The child wants to take a Driver's Education class and I'm trying to figure out if this is considered an indirect expense. 

I have reviewed 2016 Kansas Child Support Guidelines and this appears to me to be an indirect expense covered under "transportation", but it does not explicitly mention costs of Driver's Education anywhere in that document.

Seems to me that as the child get older and I'm paying the higher rate for the child that this would be included.  In addition, it is very common for a child of someone in our combined income bracket to drive a car.

So would Driver's Education be an Indirect Expense that I would have already paid for as part of my portion of Child Support?

Thanks in advance for any and all advice!

Guru

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Re: Is Drivers Ed an Indirect Expense?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2019, 07:47:00 PM »
I would categorize this as a direct expense simply because it is paid directly to a 3rd party for participation in something.  However, since you don't have residency, the parent receiving child support is financially responsible for both indirect and direct expenses - all of them.  So, regardless of the categorization of the expense, the parent responsible for direct and indirect expenses would have to pay for it.


The only gray area is what you've eluded to.  Your ex may content that this expense is in addition to child support.  For that answer, I will direct you to the child support committee minutes which state that "all" expense are included in the tables.  That's because the data on which the guidelines are based include all possible expenses for a child on an average basis.  Exactly as you mention, nearly all kids take driver's ed regardless of income.  It's essentially considered part of the school curriculum these days and could even be considered a school expense.  In my book this is a very normal/typical expense.


I believe BMull who owns eFamilyTools has written an article about direct expenses on their blog.  See https://efamilytools.com.  I'd say there's plenty of case law and other data on the subject to show that this expense is already considered in the tables.  Brian Mull can probably guide you further if you need.
« Last Edit: February 15, 2019, 07:50:59 PM by Guru »

HappyCamper

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Re: Is Drivers Ed an Indirect Expense?
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2019, 12:16:01 AM »
OK, thanks for information. I'll check out that link.