Special or extraordinary expenses are sometimes called ‘section 7 expenses’ (because this is the section of the Guidelines that explains these expenses). Special or extraordinary expenses are expenses for which ‘extra’ amounts of child support may be paid in addition to the table amount. The Guidelines define special or extraordinary expenses as those that:
- are necessary because they are in the child’s best interests,
- are reasonable in relation to the means of the parents and of the child, and
- are consistent with the family’s spending patterns prior to the separation
When you apply to the court for an order for special or extraordinary expenses, you will have to provide proof of the expense, like receipts.