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Does child support include medical bills?

When you pay child support in Texas, you may expect to help pay for your child's school supplies and clothing. However, you may not think about health expenses until your child gets sick.

A court may divide your child's medical expenses into ordinary and extraordinary expenses. According to LiveAbout.com, ordinary expenses are usually dental appointments and your child's annual physical. Doctor's visits for the flu may also be ordinary expenses. You may not always have to pay these medical bills if you also pay child support. However, you may sometimes be responsible for extraordinary expenses.

Extraordinary medical bills typically include expenses such as allergy shots and physical therapy. If your child has to spend time in a hospital to receive treatment, the cost of this hospital stay may also be an extraordinary expense. In some situations, orthodontist visits may fall under this category, as well as any expense not covered by your healthcare plan. Sometimes a child support order may require you to pay these bills, particularly if your child needs care for a chronic condition.   

Medical bills can quickly add up and when you are responsible for these extraordinary expenses, you may sometimes wonder how you will afford these bills, particularly if your child has a chronic condition. If you realize you cannot afford to pay for both child support and medical bills, you may want to speak to the court about making these payments more affordable so you can help take care of your child's health.

This information is general in nature. It should not be used in place of legal advice.

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