The importance of medical expenses in parenting agreements

By |2022-04-06T14:54:55+00:0013 Nov 2017|Categories: Child Support|


When working out custody and support agreements, many parents do not understand the importance of determining how each of them will hold liability for the medical expenses of a child. Depending on the needs of the child, these expenses can be considerable. Both parents deserve to have a clear understanding of each other’s expectations, as well as the terms of their parenting and support agreements.

If the terms outlined in these agreements are not clearly understood, it may lead to conflicts in the care of the child or may unfairly place one parent or the other under significant financial strain. In many cases, these sorts of conflicts can be mitigated or entirely avoided if both parties intentionally address these issues while negotiating fair parenting and support agreements.

Even if a child is exceptionally lucky and does not experience any serious injuries or illnesses as he or she grows, one parent may want the child to have optional medical assistance, such as braces or eyeglasses. While some parents may not prioritize these expenses, others may see them as necessities. In most cases, these issues are up to the preference of the parents, so it is best to deal with them ahead of time or agree to revisit them before the child suffers needlessly.

As a loving parent, you want to make sure that your child has the best provision and protection available, especially when it comes to medical care. If you need guidance to understand the strongest options for your family, you can reach out to an experienced family law attorney and explore how to best protect the child you love.

Source: Findlaw, “Uninsured Medical Expenses and Child Support,” accessed Nov. 01, 2017

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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