Divorce has a way of clouding the minds of spouses as they work through the steps necessary to end their marriage and go their separate ways. Unfortunately, navigating the various demands of the divorce process requires spouses to address a whole host of important issues that may affect their lives for many years to come. When a divorcing couple are also parents, these matters suddenly carry much more weight. Not only must parents work through property division, they must also work out fair parenting and support agreements to ensure that their child enjoys the best life that they can provide.
One of the most important aspects of this is medical child support, which is entirely separate from standard child support. Medical child support obligations mean that a parent must pay for any of the child’s medical expenses that are not covered under an insurance plan. In some instances, this may lead to one parent carrying the financial burden for medical treatments he or she does not even approve of.
As a parent, you want the best for your child. One of the strongest strategies you can build as you create your parenting and support agreements is working out how you and your child’s other parent divide responsibility for uncovered medical expenses and which one of you retains final authority when it comes to medical care. Especially if you disagree about certain types of medical care, this is crucial to establish as early as possible. Both parents deserve to know exactly what responsibilities and privileges they hold in regards to the child’s medical care.
It is easier and wiser to approach these issues with the guidance of an experienced attorney who can help you understand the full scope of the issues at hand. Furthermore, an attorney can help you protect your rights as a parent throughout the divorce and beyond. Professional legal counsel protects you and guides you as you explore all the options you have available to provide the best life you can for the child you love.
Source: Findlaw, “Uninsured Medical Expenses and Child Support,” accessed Nov. 10, 2017