Medical Expenses Vs Dental Expense

by Walt Johnson
(douglasville, GA USA)

State of Georgia. My final order states"be responsible for and pay 75% of all doctor, hospital, surgical, and medical expenses incurred by or on behalf of said child which are not paid by any policy of insurance maintained by the parties." I have been confronted with a large dental bill (75%)of which services were performed by an orthodontist.

My final order does not even address dental but i have been threatened that i would be taken to court if i don't pay the amount. Am I legally bound to pay? Where does the dental charges stop or am obligated no matter what she has done at the dentist?

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Child Support Questions
by: Child Support America Staff

Dear Walt,

If the order does not state specifically dental then you may not be required to pay this bill. Can you possibly contact your attorney who represented you at the time of the order and ask this question to be sure?
Another option would be to take the order to your county family court and see if they can be of help. Usually orders will state medical and DENTAL.


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