Our custody order specifically states that my ex is to provide health insurance for our children through his employer (we share the cost through child support), and it specifically states the insurance provider.
My ex wants the health insurance changed from an HMO to Kaiser. I don't agree to this, as my children have been established patients with their doctors since their births. Can he just make this change without my consent?
If you have joint legal custody, I would argue that decisions about health care providers falls within that scope, so no, your ex could not.
Without more specific details, it's difficult for me to give a better answer, but that's my initial thought.
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You need to be involved with making the decisions for your children. When parents share joint legal custody, one parent cannot make decisions for the children, such as where they go to school and who their doctor is, without consulting the other parent.
There may be some practical issues that are at play in your case, such as what plans are available through your ex's employer and the cost of those plans. The specific wording of your order and any agreement that may be incorporated in that order are also going to be important in deciding what your options are.
You should consult with an attorney and determine what your options are. You may also be able to come up with some compromise solutions that do not require contested litigation.
If you share joint legal custody with your spouse, you must confer and consult when making major decisions, involving the well-being of the children. However, once he confers, is there any provision in the agreement that speaks to making a decision if there is a dispute?
If the two of you discussed the issue and he is changing the current provider because he can no longer afford the current plan, is he acting contrary to the best interest of the children?
Without reviewing the agreement/order and asking very specific questions, your inquiry cannot be fully addressed. A judge will look to the 4 corners of the document for guidance when making a decision. I suggest that you confer with an experienced family lawyer in your area to discuss all options.
Best of luck.
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