One of the most common issues that arise during the end of a marriage involves child custody and child support. A divorce can be difficult on children, but the logistics of providing support for those children can be difficult on the parents as well. This is particularly true when the question of additional payments arises: namely, is it a parent’s responsibility to provide financial support for a child’s dental health on top of standard child support in British Columbia?
In short, the answer is yes. The Child Support Guidelines, in Section 7, outline the types of expenses parents are expected to cover over and above standard child support. These expenses, referred to as Special and Extraordinary Expenses, are required to be split by both parents regardless of which parent is considered the primary caregiver. The specifics of how these expenses are divided are somewhat more complicated.
This is particularly true in the case of one parent having benefits, whether through an employer or independently. Depending on the scenario, the guidelines require both parties to take into consideration whether one parent is getting support for his or her half of the payments, and whether the other parent is claiming those expenses for income tax purposes. This can also change from province to province.
Divorce brings with it many challenges, not the least of which is working out the specifics of child support. It can be of benefit to those facing these issues in British Columbia to secure the support of an experienced divorce attorney to help facilitate this process. This can help to limit the effect of the divorce on children and help to ensure an equitable division of responsibility between the parents.