When you factor in all of the expenses, such as food, clothing, education, entertainment and health care, it can be expensive to raise a child these days. This is why so much care is made in computing the child support obligations due between divorced and separated parents. The cost of health care can be ameliorated if the child has health insurance. Even then, though, there are often out-of-pocket expenses not covered by insurance. These can include co-payments, deductibles, prescriptions and more.
In the context of computing child support, these are called extraordinary medical expenses. How does a child support plan deal with these expenses? For starters, Mississippi courts are allowed to deviate from the child support guidelines to account for extraordinary medical expenses. This means that the non-custodial parent may be asked to pay more than they otherwise would have factoring in all expenses and the income of each parent.
What if the custodial parent starts to incur unexpected extraordinary medical expenses after the child support decree is handed down? This could be a material change in circumstances that calls for a modification in the child support orders. A family law attorney can provide further advice to parents and can help with filing a motion to modify if warranted.
Whenever a parent pays an extraordinary medical expense, they should keep the receipt or otherwise keep a record of the expense. This can simplify the process of getting reimbursed or requesting a modification. Depending on the terms of the support order, a parent may wish to provide notice of expenses to the other parent.
Source: FindLaw, "Uninsured Medical Expenses and Child Support," accessed on Feb. 1, 2018