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What kind of expenses does child support cover in Nebraska?

On Behalf of | Oct 13, 2021 | Family Law |

All parents are legally obligated to support their children financially even when their relationship ends. As such, child support is an essential aspect of any separation agreement. 

It serves to cover the necessary expenses for the child’s day-to-day care and ensure that they are well taken care of. Every state has its child support guidelines that help both parents understand their responsibilities. 

Below, we take a look at the types of expenses covered under the law in Nebraska.

Expenses covered by child support

Child support covers the basic needs and any other reasonable expenses that the child may incur. These expenses may include:

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Clothing
  • Education
  • Medical care
  • Transportation/Travel
  • Extracurricular activities

Some expenses like child care expenses are considered independently from child support obligations, and both parents may have to pay a prescribed share of such costs based on their incomes. In addition, child support ends at the age of emancipation, which is 19 in Nebraska. It means that there are no specific provisions by the state regarding college education coverage. However, that does not preclude parents from voluntarily agreeing to cover such expenses.

You can request a modification of your child support order

If there are changes in your financial position, you may request a modification or review of your child support order. The courts usually factor in your income or financial situation when arriving at the child support you are obligated to pay. If substantial changes in your finances may prevent you from meeting your child support obligations, the amount due may be revised. 

Knowing how to proceed in such a case can go a long way in protecting your interests and ensuring that paying child support does not leave you in a financial mess.