hello,I have a question. I need to calculate extraordinary expenses for my 2.5 years old son. to be added to the basic child support. I understand that I have to consider, things like daycare cost, courses like swimming classes. however how do I calculate secondary or post secondary education costs or things like medical/dental expenses? I have looked at the ministry's page and it's all very general info. can you please give me an idea as to what the general rules are?
I have hired a lawyer but they need stuff from me that I don't know how to calculate.
If your child is 2.5 why are you asking about post-secondary school expenses now?
Are you think that all needs to be in the Order now?
Your lawyer is asking about current expenses and those that may be relevant in the very near furture.
oh I see, that's why I mean the ministry page is very general. so basically what should i consider when it comes to extraordinary expenses? child care, and one or two activities are considered. he may need speech therapy which is kind of expensive. what else do i need to consider? could you give me a general idea so I can come up with the number?
You should not be coming up with a number.
well they want me to?
Your lawyer can do that though it's not usually practical.
You should be listing what expenses are foreseen at this time.
So you say for example:Day Care - $x per month
Art classes on Saturdays - $x per month etc.
Do you see what I mean.
This is for now.
The expenses will change and grow over time.
so what would happen when he grows older how do we make the adjustment? do we need to go through legal advise again?
Yes you do make adjustments.Adjustments have to be made on an ongoing basis as income changes as well.You will only need legal advice if you cannot later work this out.
so lets say FRO is collecting the child support from my husband every time there is an adjustment I need to ask them to make the necessary changes to the amount of money they are collecting from my husband's bank account?
Whenever an variation must be made, if he doesn't consent you will need to get a Court Order.
okay thank you I guess that's all I need to know for now. thank you for your time
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