Most items that either parent has purchased for a child are considered to belong to that child. These items should be going back and forth with the child if they would like to use them.
In particular items of value such as:
- Bicycles and sports equipment
- School equipment such as backpacks, homework, textbooks and lunch kits
- Technology items like cell phones and laptop computers
- Musical instruments
- Outerwear like winter jackets, shoes and gloves
Many of my clients choose to have basic wardrobes at both homes, and they share the expense of these larger items, and they go back and forth with the child.
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