Don’t have to pay your kids medical care…if you pray for them!
If you’re anÂ Indiana resident you can get out of medical costs by praying for you child.
IC 35-46-1-5 Sec. 5.
(a) A person who knowingly or intentionally fails to provide support to the person’s dependent child commits nonsupport of a child, a Class D felony. However, the offense is a Class C felony if the amount of unpaid support that is due and owing is at least ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
(b) It is a defense that the child had abandoned the home of his family without the consent of his parent or on the order of a court, but it is not a defense that the child had abandoned the home of his family if the cause of the child’s leaving was the fault of his parent.
(c) It is a defense that the accused person, in the legitimate practice of his religious belief, provided treatment by spiritual means through prayer, in lieu of medical care, to his dependent child.
(d) It is a defense that the accused person was unable to provide support.
As added by Acts 1976, P.L.148, SEC.6. Amended by Acts 1977, P.L.340, SEC.88; Acts 1978, P.L.144, SEC.9; P.L.213-1996, SEC.4.
This is not what it says. It says that your religious held beliefs can be used as a defense. It does not mean that you can just say it okay I prayed for it and then your off the hook. There is more to it, like proving that your beliefs will not allow you to take care of your child. I can not honestly think of any religious reasons for not supporting your child other than you are a minister and have no resources because of it.