I recently started a new job and declined their health insurance coverage because I cannot afford it.
Can the state make me provide insurance on my child that I already pay child support for even though I cannot even afford insurance for myself?
I can give you a general overview of the law regarding child support and health insurance, but I cannot give you legal advice on divorce.
Where I practice, if you are obligated to pay child support, the court can also order you to name the child as a beneficiary of any health insurance plan that is available to you through your employer.
Depending on your income, and the cost of the insurance, you may be able to argue that you cannot afford to carry the child on your insurance. However, it will ultimately be within the court’s discretion whether to order you to carry the child on your insurance.
Even if you are not required to carry the child on your insurance, the court could order you to reimburse the other parent for any cost incurred for placing the child on a health insurance plan.
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Your current child support order should contain a provision regarding health insurance coverage for the child. If any changes are to be made, the other parent or the state would have to file a motion with the court to modify the child support order.
If you are served with a motion to modify the support order, you should contact a qualified mens divorce lawyer to review the terms of your current support order and discuss your options for responding to the request.
This is not to be taken as legal advice on divorce as I have only provided you with general divorce tips for men.