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Do you think child support should be based on lifestyle or the direct costs associated with raising the child?

Posted in Child Support on 5th June 2014

Do you think child support should be based on lifestyle or the direct costs associated with raising the child?
When it comes to child support, do you think that it should be based on lifestyle/trickle down economics?. This is where the non-custodial parent pays the custodial parent money beyond what is needed for the day to day costs associated with raising the child. For example, if the non-custodial parent is wealthy, they may be ordered to pay in excess of $ 20,000 dollars a month. The theory is that by improving the custodial parent’s lifestyle, it will trickle down to the child.

On the other hand, some states like Texas cap child support at approximately $ 1,700 dollars per month, with the only exception being if the child is ill or something to that effect. This represents their view that child support is designed as “support,” not as “lifestyle to which they are accustomed” payment or a windfall for the custodial parent. So parents who earn more than $ 132,000 per year will generally pay the same amount of child support as someone who earns $ 1,000,000 or more per year.

Which method of child support do you agree with and why?.

Best answer(s):

Answer by Musta Krakish
women agree with the first, men agree with the second.

Answer by Lula
I don’t think men should have to pay any child support. In fact, I think men should relinquish their rights as parents completely.

Answer by Pearl
I’m just interested in what the absent parent says to the kid when the kid asks “hey, how come I had to get a second hand bike on ebay when you live in a mansion”.

Answer by Ya Coffee
The vast majority of people are not rich like in your examples and barely makes ends meet as it is.

Support payments are not that much at least in Canada. “As of March 31, 2012, the median monthly amount of a regular child or spousal support payment across the nine jurisdictions was $ 331, an increase of about 4% from the previous year.” Even paying for another bedroom in your apartment can cost this much. It does in NO way cover all expenses for a child – food, shelter, school supplies, books, transportation and clothing.

Even if this is only a small portion of what it costs, only “two-thirds of beneficiaries receive a full support payment each month” of this amount. This leaves huge numbers of household in dire poverty and that is not acceptable.

If a parent is very rich and forces his child to live in poverty, there will be a lot of issues later in life when he has to explain his selfishness to his deprived child.

Answer by Molly
I agree with Pearl. Why should a child have to wear clothes from the thrift store when the parent gets his/hers at Gucci? It’s the least an absent parent can do after not being there to help raise their own child.

Answer by Grace Under Fire
The actual cost of raising a child. Though I would say that might vary widely by area or lifestyle. For example, if the parents are very wealthy, then what’s considered “normal” would look very different than that of a middle-income couple. I think it should be negotiated, taking many things into account.

Answer by InvincibleFudgePotatoe
i really think child support should not be pressed on , i mean it’s the mother fault for getting pregnant with who ever she slept with , child support is nothing but to get money . The single parent need to know how to support themselves and child , if they can’t support , then adoption . My bio farther use his child support from my mother , on his own personal needs .

Answer by Don’t click on me
why do men hate their child?

Answer by Integration 20
I like the cap Texas law uses.

There’s no reason to hand money over to the custodial parent in order to improve her lifestyle.

If the non custodial parent would like to spend extra on his child, it should not need to be filtered through the mother.

In essence the people of this forum are stating that care for a child goes beyond meeting its needs. The non custodial parent is required to splurge a certain percent of his income on the child by enhancing the mother’s income.

Answer by Brady
I agree with capping child support. Once the child’s basic needs are taken care of, that should be it. Women need to get jobs if they want to live in big houses and drive nice cars. Texas has the right idea!

Does anyone know how much it costs to board a dog for 10 days?

Posted in Babysitting on 13th June 2011

Does anyone know how much it costs to board a dog for 10 days?
Someone asked me to “babysit” their dog……….Going there every day at around 7 PM, feeding him, sleep with him, feed him breakfast then I can leave for the day.
I don’t know how to charge them.
Yes, I have to spend the night there. They don’t want to leave their “baby” alone at night.
So I have to be there for about 14 hours everyday.

Best answer(s):

Answer by Aduial
Anywhere from $ 10-$ 20 a day. Maybe more if you want. That’s not boarding though fyi. That’s dog sitting.

Answer by KaRayZee
$ 12.00/day

Answer by Vampiress
it would depend on the place you go
Petshotel charges $ 31 but i thing 20 is a good deal

Answer by KinuMae
Google dog boarding places and call them for estimates. That’s the only way to know for sure. But it doesn’t sound to hard to just got to their house and take care of their dog for a few nights and mornings.

Answer by Bob
$ 10 per day plus expenses (food, transportation, phone, etc.)

Answer by Bethany
For that kind of work, probably $ 20 per day would be a good amount.

Also, are you spending the night there?

Answer by cara.wilson88
in texas to board at an actual kennel costs between $ 20 and $ 40 depending on the facility. i would half that since your not gonna be there 24/7 with the dog. but remember you will also be staying at their house, using the water and electricity and probably eating their food. you may want to minus some out for that too but that into account how far they are from you to drive and how much gas you will be using for this. good luck!

Tips For Saving Child Care Costs

Posted in Child Care on 14th January 2011

Tips For Saving Child Care Costs

See if your employer has a child care flexible spending account. This is a special account that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – http://www.irs.gov/faqs/faq-kw87.html – created that allows you to set aside money for child care expenses with pre-tax dollars. You ask your employer to take out a certain amount of money each month from your paycheck and you can use this money tax free for child care related expenses.

Ask if your company has partnerships or offers discounts for certain child care services. Some large companies sometimes negotiate discount plans with the providers of childcare to offset childcare costs.

See if your public school district offers a half-day for the preschool program for 4 years. These programs are usually free and by signing your child, it will reduce your need for child care a day from any one day.

Check if your company is open to flex time, job sharing or telecommuting. If so, you may be able to use them to manipulate the timing and reduce the costs of care for their children.

If you and your spouse work, see if you can arrange work schedules so that they overlap as little as possible. This enables you to reduce the number of hours the child must go to childcare.

See if a relative or friend who can help with childcare.

Consider hiring a nanny and sharing the burden of care for children with some good friends. This will allow you to pay less individually for the costs of child care and babysitting to earn more money in general.