Child support and out-of-pocket medical expenses

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Child Support on Thursday, July 9, 2015.

Children get sick. Unexpected medical expenses come up. Not everything that a child needs for medical, dental, and optical care is covered by insurance. That brings up a question about who will pay for the costs that aren’t covered by insurance. The short answer about that is that it varies depending on the child support order.

There are several different methods that can be used to ensure that a child has everything necessary when it comes to medical, dental, and vision care. Generally, the first place you should look when you need to know which parent has to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses is your child support order. If the child support order doesn’t have that information, petitioning the court is necessary if you and the child’s other parent can’t come to an agreement.

In Florida, expenses like speech therapy and orthopedic devices are two examples of expenses that a parent might be required to pay if the medical coverage doesn’t pay for the expenses. These types of expenses might be split between the parents based on a percentage formula. Some child support orders might stipulate that non-custodial parents pay all expenses after the custodial parent has paid a set amount.

On top of the requirements for paying the expenses, there are usually requirements for letting the responsible parent know about the expense. It is vital that you understand how to inform the other parent about the expenses and how to collect the payment. If you are unsure about any aspect of out-of-pocket medical care payments, seek out answers so you can ensure compliance with the child support order.

Source: FindLaw, “Uninsured Medical Expenses and Child Support,” accessed July 09, 2015