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Could child care cost more than college tuition?

Arguably, the most contentious issue that comes up between divorcing or separated couples is child support. Those who are ordered to pay support may view it as a form of spousal support, since the custodial parent basically gets to decide how the money is spent. Those who seek support may not believe that they are receiving enough, given the difficulty of managing a household and a child’s expenses that are not covered through child support on one income.

One the most difficult, yet common, expenses that contributes to the high cost of child support is child care. The cost of day care has increased dramatically over the last decade and is now rivaling the costs of higher education. In fact, a Washington Post report indicates that in 31 states, annual tuition at a public university is cheaper than day care over the course of a year.

Because of this possibility, it is critical for people going through divorce or contested child custody disputes to reach amicable solutions regarding support issues. It is no secret that child care in Southern California is not getting cheaper anytime soon. As such, litigating one’s obligation over child support is not always a good financial investment because the returns can be so fleeting. Also, the change in family dynamic should not substantially interfere with a parent’s ability to save for their child’s college education.

Nevertheless, if a soon-to-be ex-spouse is being unreasonable or not following the law, an experienced family law attorney can protect your interests.

The preceding is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. 

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