Whether you are a non-custodial parent who will owe child support or you worry about your finances as a custodial parent, it is essential to think about your child’s medical needs. Courts go over a host of factors when calculating child support, including medical care, and it is vital to understand the different issues that come into play with respect to the amount of support a parent has to pay.
When a non-custodial parent fails to pay child support, they can face harsh consequences. Moreover, custodial parents who do not receive payments can struggle to take care of the costs associated with raising a child.
Medical needs and child support orders
According to the Alabama Department of Human Resources, modified and new child support orders must include medical support provisions. The DHS points out that in many instances, medical support is equally important as financial support with regard to providing for a child’s needs. Every voluntary child support agreement includes medical support as well.
Child support payments and reasonable health care coverage
In some instances, parents have to pay for health care coverage if children can secure coverage at a reasonable rate, such as coverage offered by an employer. If such coverage is not an option, the court could order medical support through cash payments that help offset medical costs through the custodial parent’s coverage.
This is just one factor that can affect the amount of child support that you could pay or receive. As a parent, it is very important to review your individual circumstances, understand your options and focus on your child’s needs.