I pay for my child’s health insurance, but because my ex-wife cannot afford the deductible she applied for medical government assistance for our child.
I still pay his insurance, and now I have to fill out assessment papers.
Can she apply for government insurance coverage while I’m providing our child’s insurance?
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Nebraska and Iowa divorce laws where I am licensed to practice.
You are not required to pay for insurance unless court ordered to do so. Assuming you are court ordered to provide insurance, you are doing so, and you have an order allocating the uncovered expenses, then your children’s mother can still apply for assistance.
Typically, the state/federal insurance serves as a secondary coverage. Your ex-wife must disclose the primary insurance, the amount of child support she receives, and the custody information in the application process. The state/federal insurance will typically pick up the remainder of the expenses depending on the income of the mother and the type of insurance you carry.
In the event you do not have a court order, the assessment papers typically are an indication that a third party wants reimbursement for providing the care and coverage, and that absent a court order, you may be obligated to cover the costs.
In order to solidify everyone’s rights and responsibilities, you will want to seek a court order deciding who should carry the insurance and what the allocation of expenses may be.
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Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.