Divorced, and exwife is asking me to pay half of a prescription that calms my daughter down and helps her focus. I pay child support and get her every other weekend. I don't see medication.
Yes you do owe half.
Talk to the doctor and teachers if you have questions about the medication.
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The costs of medication normally are covered as medical support uncovered, reimbursed medical expenses. If a doctor has prescribed the medicine for her which must be the case, then it is a necessary expense that you pay one-half. You may inquire into availability of a generic and whether a generic could have been purchased. Take your court orders to family law counsel to review. If she paid you reimburse her. If she has not paid then pay provider one-half. Does insurance have pharmacy coverage?
Medication is provided in the health insurance provisions of your decree. In most cases the insurance policy from your employer or the insurance policy from the ex's employer takes care of the health insurance for medical payments.The two of you would be responsible for the uninsured portion of the medical. She is suppose to provide you with the medical statement within 30 days of the medical services. If not she may be responsible for the entire bill. Since you have a right to access to the medical providers, then you should inquire re purpose of the medication.
Generally a parenting plan addresses which parent will cover what medical expenses. If your responsibilities regarding medical expenses are laid out in your parenting plan, you must follow that. If not, splitting the expense of the medication seems like a reasonable way to share the expense of medical treatment for your child.
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