There are many different costs that are associated with raising a child. One of these costs is child care expenses. Child care can be a very expensive thing, particularly here in Rhode Island.
According to statistics from Child Care Aware of America, the average year-long cost of full-time child care in the state in 2012 was as follows:
- $12,075 for infants.
- $10,138 for 4-year-old children.
- $5,971 for school-aged children.
These averages were higher than was the case in many other parts of the country. Among the states and Washington D.C., Rhode Island had the 12th highest average cost for child care for infants, the 7th highest average cost for child care for 4-year-old children and the 10th highest average cost for child care for school-aged children.
Thus, here in Rhode Island, child care can be a very significant expense for parents. Consequently, it is very important for divorced parents to keep child care costs in mind when it comes to child support. Taking such costs into account can be vital when in child support negotiations and court proceedings. Also, if the child care costs a divorced parent is facing spike after a child support arrangement has been reached, the parent may want to look into whether a modification of the child support arrangement is a possibility.
Child support can be a very intricate matter in which a great number of considerations need to be taken into account. Family law attorneys can help individuals sort through this complexity and can work to strongly represent their position in negotiations and proceedings regarding child support.
Source: The Boston Globe, "Map: The average cost for child care by state," July 2, 2014