I am a daycare provider and I am taking on a new child of parents who are divorced. I am friends with his mother so his father is sure that I am going to screw him over even after telling him that I don't have a problem with him. He responded negatively. They have a court order to how much daycare he pays. I still want him to sign a contract saying that he will pay and if he fails there will be late fees and legal fees if it goes that far. What are my options?
Well, you can't make him sign anything and he is under no obligation to do so. You could simply refuse to provide services without him signing a contract.
You're in a tough spot here. You should definitely have him sign a conttract, and have the mother sign one, too. Treating both +parents the same will keep one from feeling like you are giving preferential treatment to the other. Try to have a 'sit-down' with both of them, to go over all the terms and conditions of the contract. And make sure that the father knows that he will not be responsible for any charges above what his court order says. That should go a long way toward making him act in a less hostile manner.
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You can't force anybody to sign a contract who doesn't want to. If he were forced to, he might be able to claim that the contract is invalid. It is your right to withhold any services until such contract is signed.
Best of luck.
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