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Divorce and supporting a child's athletic dreams

Texas divorcees with athletically gifted children may wonder which parent should financially support their kids' endeavors into sports. The answer may be found in the original child support agreement. If original documents are not clear, the parents could go to back to court and have a judge make a ruling on the matter.

Child support agreements often have a set amount of money allotted for activities such as school sports, lessons, movie rentals and other entertainment. A parent could use this fund of money to pay for extra costs related to the child's athletic dream. However, a child who shows a special ability in a sport will probably need more than this amount. A parent could look to a judge to decide on who will pay this money. Before making a final decision, the judge will consider the commitment and talent that has been shown by the child, the income of the parents and the court orders on child support.

Several 2016 Olympians came from divorced homes, so separation does not have to end a child's athletic dreams. The parent who is most passionate about their child's sport may need to either pay the extra fees required or yield on other matters. The parents could also look for sponsorships or scholarships to help them pay for the extra expenses an elite athlete needs.

If a divorced couple cannot come to an agreement regarding support payments, a family law attorney may be able to help. A lawyer could represent a parent in the proceedings and help facilitate an outcome that's beneficial to all involved.

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