Can I get my child's medical expenses included in the order?
Yes. The court may order a parent to provide medical support for the child or the parents can make a written agreement as to who will provide this support. “Medical support” generally means doctor, hospital, dental and other health-care related expenses.1Note: The judge can specify that the parent has to maintain health insurance for the benefit of the child when health insurance is available at a “reasonable cost.” The cost is considered “reasonable” if the coverage for the child is not more than 5% of the parent’s gross income. This 5% could cover either the cost of:
- adding the child to the parent’s existing coverage;
- buying coverage only for the child; or
- if the parent has to get new coverage, it could be the difference between the cost of a “self-only” plan and family coverage.2
Additionally, the judge may require one or both parties to maintain dental insurance for the child.2
1 NCGS § 50-13.11(a)
2 NCGS § 50-13.11(a1)