As is the case in all divorces, financial questions are often
at the forefront. In the case of a large family like the Gosselins,
money issues are magnified many times over. In most divorces,
the parents agree to split the costs of any higher education,
and the Gosselins could benefit greatly by drawing up an agreement
as to who will pay for what.
Here are some other concerns for those with large families
who are going through a divorce:
• How are child support payments calculated? In the case
of Jon and Kate, the divorce papers didn’t stipulate child
support payments for Jon. Most states use an income share
model, where parents pay an amount that’s based on their income-
it’s a fair way to make sure that the children’s lifestyle
isn’t affected too severely. However, in Pennsylvania, the
state the Gosselins call home, their high income means that
the child support payments will be figured based on expenses.
• Who pays for the children’s health care? In most divorces,
children keep the coverage they had under the policy a parent
had before the divorce. However, if certain expenses go unreimbursed,
they’ll be split according to the parent’s income. In Pennsylvania,
the parent that has custody must pay a $250 per year deductible
per child- that’s going to add up for the Gosselins.
Most of the time, parents don’t budget for those expenses,
waiting for the divorce agreement to settle the details.