Q: Live in Nj, divorced, kids 17,21,23. Judge just ordered me to cover kids on my health insurance till age 26. Legal?
Under 2016 consent order, I agreed to switch the kids from my ex’s work health insurance onto mine (save us both money). Judge just ordered me to cover the kids till age 26 (oldest child is 23 and is emancipated). No previous agreement is in place agreeing to cover kids beyond age 23. Is that legal?
My suggestion is that you schedule a consultation with a family law specialist to review the motion papers filed by you and your former spouse along with the agreement and the most recent court order to get a better handle on the judges ruling - otherwise a lawyer will be guessing as to his reasoning and whether it is enforceable.
When you were in court, did the judge ask you if you would agree to continue the children on your policy for coverage or did the judge order it over your objection? Very different settings.
A: Thank you for your question. Under the law in New Jersey, the Court does have the ability to Order one parent or the other to provide insurance coverage for the children. Without knowing the specific details of your matter and the reasons for which the Court entered this specific order, it is difficult to provide more guidance. I recommend that you schedule a strategy session with an experienced family law attorney who can discuss the intricacies of your matter and guide you accordingly.
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