Dental support is similar to medical support in that it is additional child support a parent must pay to cover the reasonable cost of dental insurance and uninsured dental expenses for a child.

Beginning September 1, 2018, this support must be ordered by the court.

Similar to medical support, dental support may be paid by:

providing dental insurance, or

reimbursing the other parent for the reasonable cost of dental insurance (“cash medical support”), or

paying cash medical support when the child receives Medicaid.

Dental support is limited to the “reasonable cost” of dental insurance coverage for the child, defined as dental insurance that does not exceed 1.5% of the paying parent's annual resources. 

Dental support is in addition to both regular child support and medical support.