Medical Support

General Information

For children who live apart from one or both of their parents, securing health insurance coverage can be particularly complex and burdensome. In many instances, these same children are eligible to receive health insurance coverage through the noncustodial or custodial parent’s employer sponsored health plan(s).

The Texas Family Code (TFC) requires the court to order medical support be provided for a child involved in any suit affecting the parent–child relationship. If health insurance is available for a child through the parent’s place of employment, the court may order the employee to include the child in the parent’s health insurance. [TFC § 154.181, 154.182 (1)]

Further, the TFC requires the court to order dental support be provided for a child involved in any suit affecting the parent–child relationship. If dental insurance is available for a child through the parent’s place of employment at a reasonable cost, the court may order the employee to include the child in the parent’s dental insurance. [TFC § 154.1815, 154.1815(b)]

Medical Support and Dental Support are a child support obligation and may be enforced by any means available for the enforcement of child support, including withholding from earnings. The amount the employee is ordered to pay as medical support or dental support for the child includes the cost of health insurance coverage, cash medical support, and the cost of dental insurance and is in addition to the amount the employee is required to pay for child support. [TFC § 154.183 (a) (1-3)]

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