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Don't overlook medical child support issues during divorce

As a parent who is going through a divorce, it sometimes feels like you have thousands of things to negotiate with your spouse. Not only do you have to reach agreements about what do with your assets and your debt, you have a number of issues to resolve around how you plan to raise your child in the future.

If you do not fully understand these issues, not only may you find yourself surprised by unexpected expenses, your child may suffer in the process. This is especially true when it comes to a child medical care and the associated expenses.

It is always wise to enlist the help of an experienced attorney while addressing divorce and child custody issues. Approaching these things without professional guidance can leave your rights vulnerable while missing out on important benefits and privileges. Be sure to use every tool you have to protect your rights and the well-being of the child you love.

What is medical child support?

Medical child support is situational, and may not arise at all, depending on the experiences of the child it covers. In broad terms, if a child receives medical care, the parents of the child are responsible to pay medical expenses that are not covered by an insurance policy.

This is completely separate from general child support, which is typically a fixed amount on an ongoing basis. In some cases, one parent may face full liability for the medical expenses, depending on the nature of the parent's custody agreement.

Be sure that you prioritize understanding your liability in your child's medical care. You certainly don't want to find out that you bear full liability when your child needs urgent, complex medical care.

What about medical care disagreements?

Many parents don't realize when they make their custody agreements that they may not agree on what type of medical care to give a child in every instance. Whether this deals with serious medical conditions and risky treatments, or even non-essential medical care like oral braces, medical disagreements about a child's medical care are often very divisive.

If you do not understand these issues and fight for fair representation in the matter, you may end up legally liable for medical expenses after medical care you did not support the child receiving.

However you and your spouse choose to settle this matter, be sure to address it fully in the process of your divorce. You don't want to rush through this portion of the divorce only to pay the price later on.

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