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Who is Responsible for a Child’s Uninsured Medical Expenses?
Typically in Maryland, the custodial parent is responsible for payment of a minor child's uninsured medical expenses (e.g. co-payments or deductibles) from child support paid by the non-custodial parent.
However, if the child's uninsured medical expenses are "extraordinary," such expenses are added to the basic child support obligation under the Maryland Child Support Guidelines and divided between the parents in proportion to their adjusted actual incomes.
"Extraordinary" medical expenses means uninsured expenses over $100 for a single illness or condition, including reasonable and necessary costs for orthodontia, dental treatment, asthma treatment, physical therapy, treatment for any chronic health problem, and professional counseling or psychiatric therapy for diagnosed mental disorders.
Maryland law requires equitable distribution of property in a divorce. The court determines a fair award of property and debt. Unless the couple can reach a settlement, the court divides the marital property, pension, retirement, profit sharing or deferred-compensation plans. The court considers contributions of each party, the well being of the family, the property value, the economic circumstances of each spouse as well as current situations such as age, mental state, the duration of the marriage, and the interest each party has in the property.
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