I provide insurance to my son and ex. However, my ex refuses to use the doctors covered on my health insurance plan.
Instead, she goes to doctors that the insurance will not cover. I have decent insurance, and there are many doctors in the plan who practice in close proximity.
Do I pay half of this cost when it is her choice to use outside doctors?
While I am not licensed to practice law your state, I can give some general guidance on this issue.
First, you need to consult with an attorney who practices family law in your state to see what rights you have regarding this issue. Each state is different with regard to support laws.
For example, in some states, the court would want the mother first to use in-network providers as that is the point of having insurance.
In this situation, you could potentially refute any request for reimbursement of half the expense she submits to you. If there is “good cause” or some reasonable justification for going out of network, you may have an issue the court needs to determine.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult a domestic litigation attorney in your area to obtain specific advice as to the laws in your state and how they impact your potential case.