I see. Thank you very much for providing this additional information, Jennifer.
Child support is typically considered the support needed from each parent to cover routine costs, not extraordinary costs, such as braces or other one-time expenses occurred for a child. So it generally includes everything except extraordinary costs and medical expenses. Tuition can also be added to the support amount if the child has been attending private school.
The standard of living enjoyed during the marriage is a factor typically considered in determining whether to award alimony
, not child support, so that is not something a court would normally consider in awarding support.
The law does not provide a minor child with a right to choose which parent to live with, although the child's wishes can be taken into account if they are of sufficient maturity and can articulate legitimate reasons for choosing one parent over the other. The court can give weight to their wishes but it is not determinative.
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