Q: If my ex wants to do a medical treatment that I can't afford, do I have any recourse?
My daughter is receiving vision therapy. I recently lost my job and had to scramble to obtain a transfer to keep similar pay, but I had to move to Texas. I exhausted all my financial resources to move out her and remain gainfully employed. I told my ex that I wanted to wait on vision therapy for my daughter until I was stable. She assumed I was stable after I moved even though I am basically broke from moving. She is taking my daughter to vision therapy which my share of it around $320/month. I can't afford this, but she told me she spoke to her attorney (I don't have one), and she is going to keep my daughter in vision therapy regardless of my ability to pay. What can I do?
A: In difficult situations like this, my suggestion is to first always attempt to talk civilly with your ex and see if it’s possible to come to an agreement on how to handle the situation. In my opinion, this is always preferred and usually more beneficial to both parties than going to trial. Overall, it would be best to have your child custody/support arrangement reviewed by an experienced Family Law attorney in order to best understand what obligations you are legally held to. Due to your changes in employment, it may even be possible that a child support modification be warranted. With a better understanding of your court order, an attorney can help to identify the options available to you.
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