providing for the care and costs of children
Providing for the care and costs of children has been reduced to a percentage system that helps all parties keep track whether there has been compliance with the shared responsibility mandated by the law.
Regular care – care for the child between 14 and 34 percent of the time which equals between 52 and 127 nights in a year or 2 to 4 nights of care per fortnight. Regular care means that the parent is directly contributing to the costs of raising the child by providing care. Parents with regular care are considered as directly meeting 24 percent of the costs of the children with the remainder of the share of the costs being payable as child support.
Shared care – care for the child between 35 and 65 percent of the time which equals between 128 and 237 nights per year or five to nine nights of care per fortnight.
Cost percentage – expenditures on food, accommodation and entertainment while the child is udner the parent’s care.
Where a parent has care equivalent to at least 35 percent of the time, the direct cost percentage increases as the care increases, from 25 percent to 75 percent. Hence, once the care percentage is between 48 and 52 percent a parent is recognized as having met 50 percent of the costs for the children.
Disclaimer : This article provides basic information only and is not a substitute for a professional or legal advice. It is prudent to obtain legal advice from a family lawyer.