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Child Support – How Much, How Long and How Does It Change?

In Child Support by Elizabeth Stephenson

A recent report released by the Department of Agriculture found that a middle-income, married couple with two children is estimated to spend $233,610 to raise a child born in 2015. This number only covers costs from birth through age 17 and that doesn’t include college expenses. What does that mean for the average parent? You can expect to spend between $12,350 and nearly $14,000 a year, on average, to raise a child. If you are separated or divorced from your child’s other parent, that cost could be more.  You may now have to pay for work related child care, before and/or after school care and summer camps.  And don’t forget the braces and tutoring and, if you’ve got a sports champion, those travel sport league expenses. How Much? In North …