Child support payments


Dear drwilsontwo:

Greetings again! This is a “loaded” question, so please follow along with my explanation.

First, the term joint custody in an agreement really refers to decision making authority for the children. Do you mean that you and your wife will be sharing equal overnights per year for your two daughters (for example an every other week schedule)?

Let’s assume you will share the time equally, well then yes, you can pay for the daycare directly and this will count on your side of the calculator, but you must also ensure that you correctly draft the appropriate tax provisions into the agreement.

By the way, the supporting spouse issue is not relevant for child support or child custody - but I assume by putting this in here you are trying to tell me that you would better benefit from the children as tax deductions then your spouse. Remember that tax consequences are an important part of having an attorney draft your agreement. Best of luck.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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Thanks for your help with my previous questions.

If my wife and I agree to joint custody for our two daughters, can I pay daycare directly and get the writeoff or do I have to write her a check directly? She is terrible with money anyway and I want to make sure daycare gets paid, on time. I am the supporting spouse.