What are a non-custodial parent's obligation for medical expenses?
Last year I gave sole custody to my ex-husband due to the fact that I had serious medical issues going on. There was a prior agreement that we would split co-payments and such. I do not pay child support and he will not communicate with me as to how my daughter is doing nor will she speak to me because of the custody change (she is 15). Additionally, he excludes me in any decisions. Recently he has incurred medical expenses on our daughter's behalf and is demanding that I to pay those and other co-payments; this after over 6 months of me not paying anything. Am I obligated to pay these costs?
Non custodial parents may be obligated to pay medical expenses or split expenses of the minor children. What does your child custody and support order state? If you simply gave him sole custody without amending the order, that doesn't automatically legally change your legal obligations. If your order indicates medical costs are split, you would be obligated to split costs until such time as you amend the order.
If he is demanding monies and the order is silent, go to court to seek an amendment to your existing order or clarification. Mant states offer mediation services that can help stem the tide of bitter discussions between ex-spouses.
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