I have a parenting plan and a child support agreement through the Missouri courts (I live in VA). My daughter's mother is required to pay 1/2 of plane tickets and 1/2 of her health insurance premiums (as stated in the child support agreement). I did not exercise all of my parenting time as set forth in the parenting plan because of school schedules and child care issues. Now my daughter's mother is refusing to pay for the health insurance and the last plane ticket because she says that she incurred child care expenses during my parenting time and that I am responsible for these. Is this true or is she responsible for any child care costs incurred while my daughter is with her as well as the costs that are spelled out in our court agreements. Of note, I do pay her child support and I do have her for 2 months of the summer (and still pay the child support for those months). My understanding is that they are 2 completely separate judgments and are upheld separately.
I am not licensed in Missouri. However, I cannot imagine that Mother can unilaterally decide what she will or will not pay. If the court order is for her to pay 1/2 of health insurance and plane fare then she is obligated to do so unless a court ordered states otherwise. This does not mean that she cannot ask for reimbursement of her childcare costs during your parenting time. However, the cost of daycare may be offset by the money she saved by not having to purchase a plane ticket. Also, by the full support you paid during the 2 months your child was with you. This assumes, however, that you were entitled to abatement (reduction) during this time. I advise that you have an attorney in Missouri look over your Decree and determine who owes who.