Repaying Birth Costs Sometimes the court will order the father to pay all or part of the mother's pregnancy costs and the child's birth costs. When single, separated, and divorced parents apply for the BadgerCare Plus program, some of these parents are referred to the Wisconsin Child Support program for services. If the parents are not married when the mother applies for BadgerCare Plus and the mother is referred to child support, the court may order the father to repay birth costs. If the family is not referred to the child support program, the father will not have to repay birth costs to the BadgerCare Plus program. If the family is referred to the Child Support program, an unmarried father might not have to repay birth costs if: The couple already has an older child together, and The couple told the BadgerCare Plus agency that the father was living in the home before their new baby was born. In this case the father's income was included in the family income when applying for benefits. Guidelines for Setting Birth Cost Repayment Amounts Under federal rules, child support agencies will ask the court to set the repayment amount to: Five Percent (5%) of the father's monthly income over a 36 month period (3 years). (For low-income payers the amount may be less than 5% of income.) Half the regional average amount for birth costs. An amount between half the actual birth costs and the full regional amount. Examples of How Birth Cost is Calculated Based on the regional average Based on the actual birth cost The father's monthly income is $1,500 The income for 36 months is $54,000 5% of the father's income over 36 months is $2,700 ($54,000 x 0.05) Half the average regional cost is $2,900 The child support agency would ask the court to set the birth costs at $2,700 (the lowest amount) The father's monthly income is $2,000 The income for 36 months is $72,000 5% of the father's income over 36 months is $3,600 ($72,000 x 0.05) Half the actual birth cost is $4,000 The average regional cost is $3,500 The child support agency would ask the court to set the birth costs at $3,500 (the lowest amount) Low-income payers If the court used the low-income payer table under the percentage guidelines to set the amount of child support, the child support agency will ask the court to use a rate lower than 5% of the father's income.