Do I Have To Provide Half of the Child Care Costs?


I’m currently paying half of the child care costs. This year my son goes to kindergarten and my ex wants to keep him enrolled in child care because of the drop off and pick up time before and after school. I don’t think my son needs the continued child care as I am perfectly capable of doing it myself.  Not to mention, I want to do this!

If I can care for my child on these days, do I still have to provide child care?



If there is a court order in place for you to pay half the child care, then you will need to return to court to obtain a modification of the order to eliminate the payment.  As to caring for your child, if there is a court order in place as to the custody and visitation schedule that provides for the child to be the responsibility of your ex on the days you wish to care for your child, you will have to return to court to seek a modification of the custody and visitation schedule.  If there are not any court orders in place that affect these issues, your options will vary.  You should consult a qualified family law attorney as to the legal status of these issues and your options.


Richard Coffee is a Litigation Manager in the Belleville Illinois office of Cordell & Cordell. He is an experienced divorce attorney whose practice is devoted to domestic litigation. He is licensed in the State of Illinois and is admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Courts for Northern, Central and Southern Illinois.

Mr. Coffee has extensive domestic litigation trial experience representing clients in courts throughout Illinois on all aspects of domestic litigation, including the representation of clients who are current or retired military personnel with issues under the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act and the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act, clients involved in state court jurisdictional disputes due to the relocation of one or both parties from or to Illinois, and clients with government or private pension benefit valuation and division issues.

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