Making sure that your child has the opportunities that you want them to have is a natural part of being a parent. If you are facing a child custody battle, you have to learn how to separate the necessities that your child needs from the extras that the court might not recognize as necessary for child support assistance.
Generally, you and your ex can work together to come up with an agreement about the extras that you want your child to have. Some exes might not be willing to consider covering the extras. If that is the case, you will have to cover them yourself or opt to not let your child participate in them.
In Texas, there are some items that are considered extras. Each state has its own list of items that wouldn't be covered under child support laws. For the purpose of determining child support, items that likely won't be covered include academic tutoring, college funds, daycare, babysitters, after school care, sports teams, club fees, enrichment camps, uniforms for sports, yearbook fees, school photos, music lessons and costumes for extracurricular activities.
If you plan on your child participating in an activity that isn't covered by the child support laws, you will have to cover the fees unless you can make a private agreement with your ex. You can't expect the court to order your ex to pay these expenses.
Navigating through child support issues can be challenging. If you are facing these types of issues, make sure that you fully understand how the laws of the state impact your case.
Source: The Huffington Post, "What Child Support Does Not Cover," Natalie Gregg, accessed March 11, 2016