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Old 03-02-2017, 11:52 PM
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Default Section 7(1)(c) - Health-related expenses, OTC (Over-the -couter) medication

OTC drugs like Benadryl or Tylenol, whether prescribed by physician or not. Is it considered proper section 7 health-related expense and needs to be shared by both parents?
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Old 03-03-2017, 12:03 AM
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No, section 7 is for out of the ordinary sorts of costs you would have had to discuss as a family if you hadn't divorced.

Run of the mill needs such as you describe are covered by CS. The more CS you receive, the more things could be considered run of the mill, too.
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No. Things like Tylenol and Benadryl are common things, like food or clothes. They're part of the everyday costs of raising a child and are not "extraordinary" (which is what a S7 expense would have to be). If your child needed braces which cost $5000, or required some expensive prescriptions that your insurance didn't cover, that might be S7.
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Section 7 is so confusing... I've heard it's for only extracurricular of the child is talented, etc or daycare expenses. My cousin has her daycare covered, proportionate to income. But then she had regular swimming lessons and occasional at class covered - for a 4 year old. I personally feel the section 7 expenses need to be much more clarified and regulated to avoid confusions or opinions.
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I read some case laws where over-the-counter have been ordered as sec7.

In my situation, I got doctor to write/prescribe OTC drugs via prescription and I don't have insurance.
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I read some case laws where over-the-counter have been ordered as sec7.



In my situation, I got doctor to write/prescribe OTC drugs via prescription and I don't have insurance.


OTC drugs are not covered by insurance. Are you seriously trying to get your ex to pay a portion of a $10 bottle of Advil? You are grasping as straws here. In your child is going through a lot of OTC drugs you are either over medicating or they need a stronger drug. Even so, medical expenses are usually not shared until the cost is over $100. This is by far the biggest example of nickel and diming I have read.


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Agreed Berner_Faith. I'm curious how this will go in court. Judges are fair. This pettiness does not seem fair to me.
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lol, at asking if a $6 bottle of OTC medicine is s7. Maybe if you take 3 a day for an entire year, it may be. But the person buying the pills would have to keep each receipt to request reimbursement.

Here is what the law says:

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Special or extraordinary expenses are:
  • child-care expenses that you may have to pay as a result of a job, an illness, a disability, or educational requirements for employment if your child spends most of the time with you;
  • the portion of your medical and dental insurance premiums that provides coverage for your child;
  • your child’s health-care needs that exceed $100 per year if the cost is not covered by insurance (for example, orthodontics, counselling, medication or eye care);
  • expenses for post-secondary education;
  • extraordinary expenses for your child’s primary education, secondary education or any other educational programs that meet your child’s particular needs; and
  • extraordinary expenses for your child’s extracurricular activities.
First, it would have to be prescribed by a doctor. Then you have to go over the $100 threshold. Taking 3 a day for a year it comes to about $280, of which $180 could be s7. So taking into percentages of incomes, the amount to be reimbursed would be in around $90. Simply not worth the hassle.
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lol, at asking if a $6 bottle of OTC medicine is s7. Maybe if you take 3 a day for an entire year, it may be. But the person buying the pills would have to keep each receipt to request reimbursement.
What if they switch to really expensive oils prescribed by JP Sears?

"My family sleeps well at night because I have a strong commitment to making germs and bacteria smell like lemon before they kill me".

FYI: If you take 3 a day for an entire year your liver will fall out. So financially, it is 90$ for the medication in the end but, it will cost the medical system easily 500,000+ to deal with the aftermath.
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