In New York, both parents are required to support their children. Add-ons to child support, which are additional expenses that parents are obligated to pay, include unreimbursed healthcare, child care, and other educational expenses. These can be costs may be paid in addition to child support, and can be dependent on any child support order or separation agreement.
Child care costs should be split among the parents of the children. They can pay this amount to the child care provider directly, or one parent’s share can be reimbursed to the other parent who pays the amount to the provider in full. If parents cannot agree on child care payment arrangements, it can be a very time consuming process in court. As such, it is important to keep track of all payments, receipts, bills, and other documents regarding child care costs.
Both parents have an obligation to make sure the child is cared for, this may include paying child care costs. It is important to review your separation agreement or child support order to see what is included in your child support and what may be an add on. A non-custodial parent may be entitled to question if the expenses are reasonable, especially if she or she is asked to reimburse those costs.
To avoid any issues with child support and any add-on expenses, you should consult with an experienced family law attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights and what you may be entitled to as a custodial or non-custodial parent.
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