Extracurricular activities, tutoring may not be added to child support

By Jeffrey N. Greenblatt of Jeffrey N. Greenblatt of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA posted in Extracurricular Activities, Tutoring & Child Support on Wednesday, December 7, 2011.

In Horsley v. Radisi, 132 Md. App. 1, 750 A.2d 692, 705-706 (2000) the Court of Special Appeals held that in guideline child support cases only childcare, extraordinary medical expenses, the cost of attending special or private elementary or secondary schools and school transportation expenses can supplement the basic guideline award. The trial court is not permitted to add the cost of discretionary activities such as camp, music lessons, tutoring, gifted and talented program even where these activities are desirable or beneficial to the basic child support award.