A little more information would help. What are the age(s) of the child(ren)? How long are they visiting for?
And how long are they visiting?
And, lastly, what is it that they're not coming with? Clean clothing? Necessary medicine?
Are you the custodial or the noncustodial parent?
Ok, let me answer your original question.
The Child Support Guidelines were created by the federal government by studying intact families and deriving the costs of having children in the household. Then, they were adjusted to take into account the more common visitation arrangements (I would say that your's is pretty typical). That means, routine stuff like food, trip to the movies, etc (and I would include laundry in this) were assumed to be provided by the noncustodial parent when they were on the visits. Thus, the legal answer is that the noncustodial parent should routinely launder clothing for the days that they're there.
Possibly. In theory, a refusal to do the routine stuff such as laundry could be a basis for requesting the judge to deviate upwards from the child support guidelines, to compensate for you having to do this extra. But for some practical suggestions: You just have a d***k for an ex. You can bet that kids this age are well aware of what's going on. I always advise my clients to take the 'high road' approach. Unless you have to go back to court anyways, its not cost-effective to try for a deviation over this. Think in the long picture ... what will these kids say about their childhood when they are adults themselves?
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