MISSOURI: Cellular Phone Unrelated to Cultural Development

No Evidence That Expense Of The Cellular Phone Was Necessary for Children’s Cultural Development

Missouri, July 6, 2010: Father objected, but Mother asked and the trial court included payment for the children’s cell phone costs an extraordinary expense, as additional child support. Father appealed, and Missouri Court Of Appeals, Western District reversed.

The Court, in the Case of Pickering. v. Pickering, WD71489, noted that Mother did not provide any  evidence that the children’s use of cell phones is integral to, or even associated with, an activity intended to enhance the athletic, social or cultural development of the children.

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