Antioch, TN asked in Divorce, Health Care Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Tennessee

Q: we have been divorced 14 years. He says he cannot get health insurance this year. i have to because he cannot qualify.

It is in the divorce decree that he maintains health insurance.Do i pick up the insurance since he is claiming he cannot?

1 Lawyer Answer

Leonard Robert Grefseng

Answered
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Columbia, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Your question does not specify, but I assume this health insurance is for minor children? If he provides documentation that he has been turned down/does not qualify, then I would purchase substitute insurance. ( Its always better to have some health insurance in the event of unforseen medical bills- if you don't have anything, your kids go without or you have to pay big bills of out own pocket).If he applied and tried to get insurance, he probably has some paperwork explaining why he was turned down- insist that he provide this proof. However, if you provide the insurance, you ex will owe you the extra cost of that since the divorce decree says he is supposed to provide it. However, you will need to file a petition to modify the decree in order to collect these costs from you ex. You should consult your divorce lawyer for a specific course of action.

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