Child Care Expenses Law and Legal Definition

Child care expenses may be included as part of a court's guidelines in determining child support payments in divorce cases, but rules vary by jurisdiction. In some cases, total net expenses for child care are apportioned between the parents according to the ratio of their incomes. The net cost may be figured by deducting any child care subsidies, credits (including federal tax credit), or reimbursements from any public or private source from the gross cost of child care. Typically, child care expenses must be work-related if a parent is ordered to contribute to such expenses. Local laws should be consulted to determine applicability in your area.