The amount of child support depends on many factors, but is primarily based on the needs of the children and their parents’ ability to pay.
Health Insurance for Minor Children
Federal law requires parents to provide health insurance coverage for children whenever it is available to the parents under either parent’s coverage. This applies to custodial and noncustodial parents. When one parent provides health insurance but the other parent actually pays the medical bills, a Qualified Medical Child Support Order (QMCSO) is available to permit the paying parent to deal directly with the insurance company.