Who should pay for school lunches?

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Who should pay for school lunches?

My ex-husband has my son Saturday night through Tuesday afternoon. I have been paying for school lunches and have asked him to reimburse me for the Mondays and Tuesdays that my son has had hot lunches. He says because he is paying me child support that school lunches are part of that payment. I agree that I should pay for school lunches the days he is with me and he should pay for the lunches that days he is with him. If there was no school lunch he would be spending the money to make his lunches right? How is that different? Is there a right answer?

Asked on January 20, 2012 under Family Law, California

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I can surely understand how this could be very frustrating to you.  And while I can understand both sides to the argument it is likely that child support is calculated based upon the number of days you have your son, and not on the days he is with his Father. His Father would be responsible for taking care of his needs those days. But you really have to look at the big picture here and I am sure that you wrote this question just to clarify and are not going to stop paying because he won't.  The only person that suffers there is yourson. I would keep making the request and keep a running balance. Next time you are in court address the issue.  Good luck.  


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