I have a child support case next week.Does the court accept a notarized letter from my father for child care expenses?

Asked over 1 year ago - Astoria, NY

I am the mother and I have custody.I have to work full time and my father is babysitting my 2 kids (10 years old for after school and my 4 years old).I am paying him $180.00 cash per week.

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  1. Ralph Duthely

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    Answered . The court would likely accept the letter for purposes of calculating child care expenses. It is somewhat problematic that it is from your father because one could easily get a family member to write such a letter. If the court feels that the amount you are paying is not unreasonable (and it doesn't appear to be), then it shouldn't be a problem. Note, however, that if the matter is not settled and there is a trial, the letter would probably not be admitted into evidence. Your father would likely have to come in and testify and be subject to cross-examination.

  2. Alexander Joseph Segal

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    Answered . Depends on the court. They may if it is Family Court.

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  3. Morghan L Richardson

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    Answered . In Queens Family Court they will most likely take it - but if the Respondent objects, you may have to bring your father in to testify. Good luck!

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