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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
The thing that's hard to keep in mind is that this child support money isn't for your ex, it's for your daughter. It's to ensure that she gets as good a standing of living with him as she would have gotten if she'd stayed living with you. That means, the fact that the father's child support was much lower than yours will be doesn't make any difference legally. New York child support is based on the income of the non-custodial parent. You'll be ordered to pay 17% of your pre-tax income unless you can show that you have extraordinary expenses that would make the calculation unfair.
The father's failure to pay what he owed was contempt of court. You can file for contempt, show the judge what payments were missed, and ask that he be ordered to reimburse you for medical expenses. It's possible the judge might allow you to deduct the $50/week from what you'd otherwise pay, depending on the total. The judge can also work out some fair way for you to account for the missed medical expenses, and a judge can charge the father interest on that debt until it's paid. But his failure to pay when he was supposed to won't completely excuse your obligation to pay, because the money isn't for him. It's not your daughter's fault he didn't pay when he was supposed to.
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