May 2018 | No. 118, 083 (Kan. App. 2018)

In re Marriage of Hou and Chu (Kansas 2018)

A court can deviate from the amount of presumptive support as long as findings support the reason for deviation. The divorce decree in this case ordered the father to pay child support, plus half of the children’s extracurricular activities. The father appealed, arguing that an amount for extracurricular activities was included in the guideline calculation. The appellate court found that while direct expenses are included in the child support schedule, a court can also deviate from that amount as long as the deviation is justified. The journal entries reflected findings that participation in extracurricular activities served the children’s best interests and that the mother could not afford the activities on her own.

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