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Harris v. Harris (1998) – Case Brief Summary (Vermont)

In Harris v. Harris, 168 Vt. 13, 714 A.2d 626 (Vt. 1998), the father, a physician, argued that the court erred in awarding child support in excess of the children's needs.

The court recognized that the concept of need varies with the family's standard of living. Id. at 632.

Thus, even if the mother could have met the children's "basic needs" on "less support," the court said that she was not precluded from receiving an increase in support. Id. at 633.

The court observed: "Reasonable needs of affluent children may include items that would be frivolous for children of less-well-off parents." Id.