"Eh, then he will owe it until he pays it."
Yep, just another way we FVCK the NCP, by generating costs based on the CP's desires, giving them NO say in the matter...then sitting back and wondering why NCP's don't act MORE like "parents".
"The braces I put on dd were technically cosmetic at the time"
Then the NCP should not have had to pay for them because they were NOT "Medically Needed".
"Now, maybe the OP is one of those CPs that wants to shell out money herself, just to stick it to the NCP. Or maybe the kid just needs braces badly. Not that it matters here, the OP's co covers "braces"... and she is willing to work with him on payments, doesn't sound like she is out to screw over the NCP."
And maybe the NCP just CANNOT AFFORD the braces. Of course, THAT doesn't MATTER, because he is a PARENT, and he HAS to pay, BECAUSE he is parent, right? So BECAUSE he is a PARENT, he should have a SAY int he matter...oh, wait, he's not THAT much of a parent, he's just a "Pay what you are told" parent, not a "Have a say in the raising of the child" parent...BAER.
Why give a "senior" discount, they have had plenty of time to raise the money...