Parenting Plans And Medical Care For Children
Medical care can be expensive, and if you are divorcing, ongoing care for a child with medical needs has to be part of your parenting plan in order for there to be clarity on who is carrying the necessary health insurance and how copayments and deductibles will be handled.
Talk to a Bucks County family attorney about your situation. If you are close to an agreement with your spouse, it may be possible to work through the numbers and land on a parenting plan through a negotiation process. But if the disputes are only escalating and there is no common ground, family court may be necessary to determine which parent will be covering health care expenses.
Dividing In Connection to Incomes
For some parents, medical care expenses will be divided. If you and your spouse both have health coverage options where you are employed, it may be possible to establish both primary and secondary healthcare plans, for example. This can help to alleviate some healthcare costs.
Looking over all of your resources is part of the division of debts and assets in a divorce, and the information gathered can also be helpful in determining how costs of caring for children will be allocated within a parenting plan.
Plan Essentials and Additions
While medical care may be top of mind for you, making sure all the essentials of a parenting plan are in place may result in you understanding how medical care will be handled. While details of parenting plans will vary, depending on the situation, the following will typically be included:
- Where the child will live
- If there is a primary custody and visitation rights or a co-parenting arrangement
- An outline of how disputes will be resolved if they arise
- Language surrounding holidays and contact with extended members of family
Then, once these essentials are in place, if there are elements that are not covered within the agreement they can be addressed, such as medical care, education, and religion.
Because financial concerns can come up in other areas of a parenting agreement, medical care coverage could be negotiated through the discussion of other topics. For example, if it is important for one parent that their child has as much consistency as possible, they may agree to pay for tuition, maintain the child’s health insurance policy and pay for out-of-pocket expenses in order for there to be the least amount of disruption of the child or children.
Bring your questions to the attention of a Bucks County family attorney. A parenting plan you are comfortable with is possible once you define what your key priorities are.
Do you need guidance on establishing healthcare needs within a parenting plan? There are many financial details to assess when navigating a New Jersey or Pennsylvania divorce. Before agreeing to terms you are not comfortable with, talk to the family law attorneys at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our attorneys have handled many divorces that have included detailed parenting plans, we can advise you on possible resolutions for your unique situation. Call 215-968-6602 to get started.