Should child suport increase once child is enrolled in day care?

Gina - posted on 06/11/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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When my child's father was put on child support, our child was not enrolled in day care. However, now I have to enroll her in day care and the amount he pays doesn't even cover half of the cost for day care. He makes triple what I make so I assume if I turned in her day care information it should increase to help cover half of day care right?! Plus note that our child stays with me every day.

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Jennylynn - posted on 03/27/2013

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yes it should go up. all you have to do is get copies of what your paying now. thin child support will adjust it to where is may pay some, half or all of it.

Jurnee - posted on 06/16/2012

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my sons dad, hes disabled, he would watch him for me during the day. He also had to pay $50 a month in child support, I also drove my son 15 mils one wasy(the opposite direction of my job each day) and provided all food, clothing diapers, etc. One day he just decided he didnt feel like "babysitting" anymore,it was too hard on his back. I tried to get an increase becasue daycare for a !yr old was about 120 a week in my area. I tried to get an increase and the judge said no, because it was my choice to put my child in daycare, if thats what I wanted he shouldnt be expected to pay for MY choices. When I tried to aregue that I had to work, the judge also pointed out that working was also a choice. I was really shocked by his choice of words, I suppose he would rather I had been home on welfare. It was a bit rough at first, but we managed. Do I think its fair though,no.

Jennifer - posted on 06/14/2012

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It will depend on the laws in your state, how good your lawyer is, and what judge you get. You should certainly apply for an amended child support agreement now that you have greater monetary needs for your child, especially if he's making that much more than you. Keep in mind when you do it that it may not happen though, some judges just don't like to change the agreements despite the need shown.

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It should..but I think it doesn't....Actually I think it might just depend on the state you live in also. My daughters "dad" (i use that term very lightly) is only ordered to pay me $70 a month (its been like that for the last 2 years) and she has been in daycare for most of it and her daycare is $400 a month. So I doubt it unfortunately. But in your state it may be different. I live in Michigan.

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