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Child Support and Orthodontic Expenses: A Guide for Parents

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Child Support and Orthodontic Expenses: A Guide for Parents

May 16, 2019

By Johnson/Turner Legal

Child Support and Orthodontic Expenses: A Guide for Parents

May 16, 2019

By Johnson/Turner Legal

Understanding how to manage unexpected expenses like orthodontic care is a key aspect of navigating child support. In Minnesota, parents often face questions about dividing such expenses. This guide aims to clarify how orthodontic costs, specifically braces, fit into child support arrangements.

Child Support: Covering Basic and Extraordinary Expenses

Typically, child support covers a child’s essential needs. Yet, life often brings additional expenses. Orthodontic treatments, crucial for a child’s dental health, can become a significant financial concern. In Minnesota, child support laws view orthodontic expenses as “medical costs.” Hence, these costs are divided between parents, akin to other medical expenses not covered by insurance.

Resolving Disagreements Over Orthodontic Care

When parents with joint legal custody disagree on the need for braces, the situation demands careful handling. The parent advocating for orthodontic treatment may need to approach the court. Filing a motion, they can seek permission for the treatment. In more complex scenarios, they might ask for sole authority over medical decisions.

The Importance of Effective Co-Parenting

Disagreements on orthodontic care often highlight broader co-parenting challenges. Effective communication and mutual understanding are crucial in these scenarios. Johnson/Turner specializes in guiding parents through such delicate issues. We focus on finding solutions that safeguard the child’s best interests while respecting each parent’s perspective.

Personalized Legal Support

Every family’s situation is unique. If you face questions about orthodontic cost division or other co-parenting disputes, Johnson/Turner is here to help. Our experienced team provides personalized guidance to navigate these challenges. We ensure that your child’s welfare remains the priority while maintaining a cooperative parenting relationship.

Contact Johnson/Turner Today

For more information or to discuss your specific case, reach out to Johnson/Turner at (320) 299-4249. Our team is ready to provide the clarity and support you need, helping you make informed decisions for your family’s future.


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