A colleague asks how to resolve the issue of child care costs and child support modification when the custodial parent cannot find/afford reliable day care and has, in the past, lost her job because of inability to conform her schedule to the employer schedule. This Mom finally, in order to work, has been paying her teenage children $50 per week to watch their little sister (the child of the payer of support, not of school age). Thus, Mom was able to find a job last August. Fifty dollars per week is far less than the cost of available child care costs during the 35-40 hours per week while mom works in the restaurant field. Mom cannot afford to pay a licensed day care and the father has not been paying reasonable child support that includes child care. The Referee questions whether the child care costs are actually being paid to the teenager, and questions whether she can include this in the computation. The children are in the care of the father half the time.
Common questions are: How old must a child be to be left home alone . . .or to be left alone in the care of a sibling? A couple of other questions and concerns arise:
1) Is the childcare cost really being paid?