Childcare costs

How do you determine child care costs (afterschool and summer) into the child support calculation? I assume it would be the actual costs but what if the other party says the provider’s cost is too high? Do the parties have to agree on the specific childcare, day or overnight camps, etc. and their associated costs and if not is there a standard amount that the court will factor in for afterschool and summer childcare?

Work-related childcare costs are entered into the child support worksheet. This is based on actual cost so the parent paying for the work-related childcare will need to provide proof of the monthly expense.

The selection of childcare and camps are generally mutually agreed upon and usually states in the custody court order that these things shall be mutually agreed upon but if your court order does not state this, then there is no requirement that childcare and camps be mutually agreed.

Anna Ayscue

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