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Welcome (Back) to Our Blog/Newsflash: Kids are Expensive

Hey folks.

For several years, my law firm, Krusch Law, PLLC , P.A., ran a fairly successful and informative blog about family law issues in North Carolina. We had a good track record of posting at least once a week, until, well, we stopped for various reasons. I think the last post was in August 2007, back when the housing market was still good. But now we’re back and will be (hopefully) posting regularly, with the goal of provoking thoughtful discussions on some of these issues. I’ll be posting links to articles that I think are both relevant and interesting, and hopefully you will think so too.

So let’s get right to it. Right now it’s mid-July, and summer is obviously in full swing. If you’re a parent, you’ve no doubt had to plan family vacations or activities for your children to stay busy this summer. Maybe you’re sending your kids to sleepaway camp for a few months to get them out of your hair…I mean, to give them a great summer experience. I was lucky enough to go to summer camp growing up, and I’m sure my parents enjoyed having me out of the house for several weeks at a time.

American Express just came out with The Cost of Keeping Kids Busy in Summer for Summer 2012. Our national cost of figuring out things for kids to do over the summer is $16.6 billion! The average cost of summer activities/summer child care per child is $601. That’s just the monetary cost; the survey doesn’t take into account the actual time it takes planning and implementing summer activities for these children. Time is money, y’all.

For parents who are separated or divorced, planning summer activities for your kids with your ex-spouse can be tough and contentious. One parent may want a kid to go to sports camp, but the other parent wants the kid to be more of an artist. North Carolina courts, including courts in Mecklenburg County, seem attuned to these issues, and try and craft their decisions so as to limit these conflicts as much as possible. Maybe for half the summer when the kid is with dad, he goes to sports camp, and when he is with mom, he goes to art camp. Either way, that amounts to a big chunk of change for both parents, but at least the child gets the benefit of having a well-rounded summer.