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Before signing your child up for sports

Even though former spouses are co-parenting amicably in Michigan, they may not have the same priorities for their parenting time. One may prefer a more structured schedule, while the other enjoys relaxing at home or going on spontaneous outings. While addressing extracurricular activities during the development of a parenting plan is ideal, if they are not mentioned, working out the details could become problematic when the parents do not share similar goals.

According to the Michigan Parenting Time Guideline, any time the child is participating in a sport or other extracurricular activity, both parents are free to attend and take part, regardless of whose parenting time it falls into. The court encourages parents to consider the developmental benefits of activities and to be flexible with the plan wherever possible. But, if one parent is not on board with the decision to enroll the child in a sport, and the practices interfere with his or her time, it could make the activity impossible unless both are willing to collaborate on an alternative schedule.

The Huffington Post points out that the custodial parent may believe that the costs of fees, gear and uniforms should be shared, since child support is not designed to cover these expenses. However, this not necessarily the case, particularly if the subject was never brought up when creating the parenting agreement during the divorce. When an opportunity arises for the child that may involve money, the parent who wants to take advantage of that should be ready to negotiate, and if that fails, to pay for it alone.

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