Summertime brings with it a number of changes to the lives of families. Custodial parents in Arizona have to face the reality of increased expenses with child support that remains the same. A divorcing couple seldom considers the reality of what summer holidays entail when they are busy with divorce negotiations. Often while focusing on the big things — like how the marital assets are to be divided, visitation and custody arrangements — small details are often forgotten.
Two of these smaller details are the increased expenses that summer holidays bring along and the changes in everybody’s schedules. Summer may require working parents to arrange for longer child care, which costs more. Furthermore, summer camps and other activities also cost money. At the same time, the schedules of parents and children change, making what works the rest of the year not necessarily practical anymore.
Couples in the process of negotiating their divorce may benefit from considering the possible changes summer brings and plan for these changes. It is possible to factor in a higher child support payment during these months. Another option to consider is to include a provision in the divorce agreement where additional costs during the summer holidays are shared by the divorced parents.
Divorcing parents in Arizona would be wise to consider the financial security of their children during negotiations regarding the terms of their divorce. If an agreement between partners seems impossible, mediation may be the answer to ensure the protection of the interests of all involved. An agreement considering the implication of summer for children can only be in the best interest of the children.
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Source: wotv4women.com, “How to prepare for extra summer expenses“, Gail Saukas, July 23, 2014