In my friend's home state, there's actually a law that states that children under 12 may not be left home alone. Turns out the that CP is leaving the child home alone on school breaks, inservices and what not. With summer coming up, the daycare provider the NCP normally pays a majority of the cost for has informed the NCP that the CP advised that the child would not be in daycare over the summer and would actually be with the NCP. Which is not the case. It's a rotating schedule.
This represents two issues:
1) Child is being left home alone which is illegal and not really appropriate for child's maturity level.
2) Daycare provider wants to be paid at least a holding fee for the spot even if child won't be there in summer because during the school year, CP relies on this provider to get the kiddo to school.
My friend, also a SM, was asking what I thought should happen here. I said I'd throw it out for discussion on the boards.
To me, the fact that NCP has been informed that the child is being left home alone and it's technically against the law means that Dad should probably consult an attorney because if he knows this is happening and does nothing, then he's legally accountable. Nevermind the fact that he is against the idea.
Next, it doesn't seem right to me that NCP/Dad should be paying for childcare that isn't being used.
I can add details as needed. Just trying to be brief...