How can I keep my ex from holding onto bills then dumping them all on me at once?

Divorce attorney Jason BowmanQuestion:

Per the divorce decree, I am 100% responsible for paying my child’s health insurance along with most of the out-of-pocket medical expenses.

The problem is my ex will not tell me when she receives the bills and ends up unloading a huge stack on me at once with limited time to reimburse her for all the bills. How can I keep her from doing this?


First let me preface my answer by stating that I am not licensed to practice law in the state of Georgia. Cordell & Cordell does have attorneys who are licensed in the state of Georgia who would be happy to discuss your case with you. If you cannot afford an attorney, contact your state’s bar association for help locating low- or no-cost legal services near you.

Unfortunately, the only thing that you would be able to do is ask the Court to stop this abusive behavior and to provide you with some protection from the piling of bills. Some Courts require the party claiming reimbursement to submit receipts within 30 days or forfeit the ability to be reimbursed. This cuts down on the stockpiling of bills and then requesting huge payments.

You should check with an attorney in your jurisdiction with regard to your question.


Jason Bowman is an attorney in the Louisville, Kent., office of Cordell & Cordell. He is licensed in the states of Kentucky and Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Louisville, and received his Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan University.

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