For the children of divorced California parents, reaching for a dream can be very difficult. For example, gymnastics and other sports often have expenses that need to be covered, such as coaching fees, lessons and even equipment. These expenses only rise as a child reaches higher levels. However, the child support guidelines may allow for a portion of the child support award to go towards these costs.
In most child support guidelines, there is a small allowance that is earmarked for "entertainment." The money for basic activity costs may come out of this portion. However, reaching higher levels can mean more costs. For example, a swimmer who is reaching for the Olympics may have several thousand dollars in coaching fees, swimming outfits and travel costs each month. In these cases, the child support guidelines may allow support for "gifted" children.