When doing a lifestyle analysis for a divorce or child support case and evaluating historical spending, we sometimes run into unusual expenses that may be considered one-time (or non-recurring). What do we do with these?
Expenses that are not expected to recur should be excluded from the marital lifestyle. The rationale is simple: If an item will not recur, either due to the end of the marriage or some other relevant factor, it is not part of the lifestyle that must be funded post-divorce.
Examples of items that should be excluded from the marital lifestyle could include: