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How should child care cost be accounted, should it be included in expenses prior to net wages for child support OR should child support be accounted without the child care expense in Illinois?
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Typically, child care expenses are not included in child support. Child support is only calculated going off income. The whole point is that the child support money is supposed to "recreate" the money the other parent would bring home. The custodian is then free to use that money on whatever they want, including possibly child care expenses.

However, the parties are free to decide themselves to include a mandatory amount for child care expenses in addition to whatever total the child support would come out to based solely off income. And, the Judge may at their discretion award additional child care expense money "in the best interest of the child," but this rare.

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