At this point we have talked about gross income as much as I care to, so we will turn to the next basic element of the guideline support calculation: daycare.
Work-related daycare means that the child is in daycare while the custodial parent is at work. If you think that does not need to be spelled out, you would be surprised. Sometimes parents who work part time, or who do not work at all, will have their children in daycare outside of work hours. It is one thing if the child is in daycare while a parent is commuting, because that is still a work-related activity. It is another thing entirely for a child to be in daycare so a parent can go run errands. There is nothing inherently wrong with the latter, but it does not count for purposes of child support.
Daycare costs also need to be correctly averaged. The cost is often different between the school year and the summer, but the calculation just takes one input for daycare costs. Then, since children are not usually in daycare for the entire year--there are holidays, summer vacations, etc. when daycare is not needed--those gaps should also be accounted for as best as possible.
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