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Does NC child support include medical insurance?

The topic of healthcare has been a hot one lately. As the federal government and its warring political parties fight over how the country's massive healthcare system should be run, North Carolina residents continue to do what they can to provide good lives for themselves and their children. One of the aspects of this provision is maintaining the health of these minors so that they can grow into responsible adults.

While many couples may have health insurance that covers their dependents, when a divorce or breakup occurs it can sometimes be difficult for a newly single parent to provide such benefits for a child, which may put their medical needs at risk. However, the law in North Carolina is that both parents have an obligation to provide for the health care of their child, which includes medical insurance if reasonably available to them. In many cases, parents going through a divorce or child support proceeding will come to an agreement on how such care will be provided. However, if it is not, a court can become involved in the issue.

A child support or divorce order in North Carolina can direct that a parent provide health insurance coverage for his or her child. Unfortunately, just as there are some non-custodial parents who fail to pay child support as ordered, so, too, do some simply refuse to sign their kids up for coverage. If this happens, it is possible for there to be an action to enforce the original order to provide insurance, and an employer can receive direction to enroll a child in coverage even if the employee refuses to complete the requisite enrollment forms.

North Carolina parents need to recognize that not only do they have a responsibility to pay for their child's basic needs, they also have an obligation to see that the children have adequate health care available. Those who do not take this obligation seriously should realize that a court may well end up making certain that the parent complies.

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