Contreras v. Contreras (Tennessee 2018)

No. W2018-00093-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. 2018)
July 2018

A parent who fails to provide insurance as ordered may be liable to reimburse the other parent for the costs of premiums. The father appealed a district court order that ruled against the him on a variety of issues. The order entered judgments against him for arrears and for the cost of medical support premiums paid by the mother. The order also denied him credit for expenses that he claimed fell under the doctrine of necessaries. The Court of Appeals upheld the order. It found that the father failed to provide the insurance as ordered, so it was appropriate for the mother to find insurance. The Court of Appeals further found that father had the opportunity to dispute the arrears but provided no evidence of alleged payments.