Am I required to pay half of my ex-husband’s daycare costs while our daughter is supposed to be with him on vacation?

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Am I required to pay half of my ex-husband’s daycare costs while our daughter is supposed to be with him on vacation?

Or is this a cost he should be paying because this is occuring during his visitation time? My ex is in the military and lives in Japan with his wife and 2 other children. We live in the US. We have a court order that allows our daughter to travel with her father during spring break and Christmas for 2 weeks. Once he left with my daughter back to Japan, her father decided to inform me that he was going to place our daughter in daycare out there and he wanted me to pay half of the cost. Our daughter attends school here and has her own daycare out here with me. I was under the assumption that her 2 week vacation was going to be with him, not in a daycare. Our court order states that he is supposed to pay 50% of her daycare costs out here being that I have primary custody of our daughter.

Asked on September 21, 2012 under Family Law, California

Answers:

Cameron Norris, Esq. / Law Office of Gary W. Norris

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Parents normally pay for the child care expenses incurred during their timeshare unless there is a court order otherwise.  Unless there is something in the order requiring you to pay part of his child care costs, you shouldn't pay him half the cost.

Best of luck.

 


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