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Texas child care expenses and child support

Generally, courts here in Texas use the state's Child Support Guidelines when setting up a child support arrangement. However, courts will sometimes deviate from these guidelines if they find there is good reason to do so. Among the things that courts sometimes consider when deciding whether to stick with the guidelines or deviate from them are the child care expenses related to the involved child/children.

Thus, child care costs have the potential to be impactful in child support matters. This makes sense, given that child care expenses are often not a small expenditure.

Many parents in the U.S. use some form of child care for their kids. It is estimated that the number of children under five here in the U.S. that are in child care is upwards of 11 million.

Child care can end up costing Texas parents quite a bit. It is estimated that the average annual cost for this care in Texas is $8,619. Thus, child care can be one of the bigger expenses a family has.

It can even be more expensive than college. The above-mentioned average annual child care cost in Texas is higher than the average annual tuition at the state's public colleges/universities. Texas is not the only state in which this is the case. In over half of the states, child care has a higher average cost than public university/college tuition.

Divorcing/divorced parents who have questions about what sort of impacts their child care expenses could have when it comes to child support should think about meeting with a child support attorney. 

Source: Forbes, "Does Child Care Cost More Than College Where You Live?," Anna Bahney, Jan. 22, 2015

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