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Can I modify child support for medical expenses?

Generally speaking, out of pocket medical expenses are considered additional expenses not combined with basic child support. These expenses are considered "extraordinary" because they exceed the basic cost of healthcare under any given plan. They may include deductibles, co-pays, dental and vision costs, and prescriptions that are not covered by a plan. If protocol on how to handle these out-of-pocket expenses is not addressed in the current child support order, a child support modification may be necessary.

Raising children is expensive. Occasionally, we can plan for these expenses, but more often than not, we can't. During a divorce, parents may draft a parenting plan and child support order that is designed to address some of these issues as they are known at the time. Unfortunately, even the most comprehensive of all parenting plans and child support orders usually cannot catch all of the expenses related to a child's future medical needs. When out-of-pocket medical expenses become an issue for divorced parents, it may be time to request a child support modification to reflect these expenses.

Dental and orthodontic work during the teen years is almost a rite of passage. Many times, orthodontists will allow parents to split up or even finance the cost of braces. For divorced parents, this may mean facing a new and possibly large monthly expense, one that may become quite a nuisance if their financial situation has changed. Rather than foregoing the orthodontic work, divorced parents may be better able to take on this additional expense if it is combined with child support through a modification to the court order.

An experienced family law attorney can work with divorced parents to modify the current child support order and address new issues such as out-of-pocket medical costs and other dental and vision related expenses.

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