Amid the many complex emotional concerns parents have when they divorce with young children, it is possible to lose sight of important financial realities. For many families, day care costs are a substantial consideration that must be accounted for as an "add-on" to child support or as part of the overall financial settlement.
Who Will Pay Necessary Day Care Costs Once You Are Divorced?
At The Law Offices of Burch & Coulston, LLP, we help our clients thoroughly evaluate all aspects of their financial situations as they prepare for divorce. It is critical to account for the added expenses that will come with operating two households and determine how both parents' and the children's needs will be met, especially considering:
- Day care may be a new or greatly increased expense if a formerly stay-at-home parent will work full time after the divorce.
- Although the law provides for a 50-50 split of necessary child care expenses unless the parties have a great disparity in income, what constitutes necessary costs, parents' actual incomes and many other issues may be disputed.
Our experienced Orange County divorce lawyers are adept at evaluating unique family situations and formulating fair, well-researched settlement proposals. We have dealt with issues across the spectrum of disputes over child support, including those arising from other family members providing day care and choices between center-based day care or a nanny.
Your Skilled Advocates on All Financial Issues, Including Day Care Expenses
Whether you are targeting primary or joint child custody, it is important to assess early on the amount of child support you can expect to pay or receive. We will perform all the necessary calculations to support your valid position, accounting for health insurance and other shared expenses as well as basic statutory support and day care costs.
Ensuring the child support order and other financial outcomes of your divorce are fair to you will be a central mission for our attorneys. To discuss your concerns and legal options, schedule a consultation today.