Jaburg Wilk


Child Support: Who Pays the Travel Costs

Video Transcript:

Do I Have to Pay Travel Costs for my Children to See Me?

Do I have to pay travel costs for my children to see me or their other parent? The cost of traveling comes up more frequently now than I previously remember it did.  This becomes a big consideration as you start talking about airline flights and the cost of transportation. The court is not required to study transportation costs; however, it is a factor that is included in the child support calculation.  When contemplating whether a parent has to pay all of the travel costs, the court is going to look at what each of the parties have as far as means. If one party has a disproportionate or a disparity of income, then that party is more than likely going to incur more of the transportation expense. For example, if the party had lost their job and is relocating for employment, the court will give that consideration as opposed to a party who decides they just want to enjoy a different state rather than staying here. The court is likely going to have them pay a penalty, which is pay the transportation costs of the children to travel back and forth.

About the author: Jason B. Castle is a Partner at the Phoenix law firm of Jaburg Wilk. He is the President of the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, member of the State Bar of Arizona, and a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association, where he chaired the Family Law Section and Legislative Committee. He has expertise in child custody and Decision Making Authority. More recently he was named a Southwest Super Lawyer Rising Star.