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How uninsured medical expenses affect child support

Child support is usually ordered for the everyday needs of the child, whether it's food and clothing, support towards housing costs, or extracurricular activities. However sometimes unexpected circumstances arise in a child's life that cause them to require medical treatment.

If the child does not have medical insurance, or the treatment they require is not covered by medical insurance, the bills for such treatment are likely to be quite high. Typically, the primary caregiver, notably the parent who does not pay child support, will have to pay the entirety of these bills out-of-pocket. Expenses such as these are referred to as "extraordinary" expenses, since the exceed the cost of typical day-to-day expenses and have not been budgeted for.

Can child support be amended to account for uninsured medical expenses?

If the existing child support order does not account for uninsured medical expenses, it may be necessary as the primary caregiver to file for a child custody modification. This is basically a request for uninsured medical expenses to be factored into the child support order, so that the other parent can pay his or her fair share of the out-of-pocket expenses.

Making a good argument for the need for financial contribution in the form of child support

In order to make a convincing case for a child support modification, it is important to keep all receipts of treatment and get a doctor's analysis of the situation so that they can verify that the medical treatment is necessary and reasonable.

If you would like to file for a child custody modification in Pennsylvania, it is important that you take swift action.

Source: FindLaw, "Uninsured Medical Expenses and Child Support," accessed June 15, 2018

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