The Fourth Department, reversing Family Court, determined the support magistrate should not have deviated from the presumptive support obligation calculated pursuant to the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA):
… [T]he Support Magistrate determined that, because the children spent approximately 50% of the parenting time with the mother and because the mother incurred expenses for the children’s “food, clothing, shelter, utilities, cell phones, transportation[,] and extracurricular activities” during the times they were with her, she should be granted a variance from the presumptive support obligation. That was error. Although “extraordinary expenses incurred by the non-custodial parent in exercising visitation” with a child not on public assistance may support a finding that the presumptive support obligation is unjust or inappropriate … , “[t]he costs of providing suitable housing, clothing and food for [a child] during custodial periods do not qualify as extraordinary expenses so as to justify a deviation from the presumptive amount” … , “nor is the cost of entertainment, including sports, an extraordinary visitation expense for purposes of calculating child support” … . Matter of Livingston County Support Collection Unit v Sansocie, 2022 NY Slip Op 01914, Fourth Dept 3-18-22
Practice Point: Mother’s expenses for the children when they stayed with her did not qualify as “extraordinary expenses.” Therefore the support magistrate should not have deviated from the presumptive support obligation calculated pursuant to the Child Support Standards Act (CSSA).