If the parties have Joint Legal Decision Making Authority (fka Joint Custody) than the only medical decisions that either party would be authorized to make on their own would be in case of emergency, and then only if the other parent could not be contacted.
Father would have a positive defense to not paying for cosmetic expenses, such as those described, if they were for non emergency situations and even more-so if he was not consulted.
Further, medical decisions are major decisions that mom does not have the right to make on her own, even if she is willing to pay the costs. Joint Legal Decision Making Authority (fka Joint Custody) means that dad has equal say.
I would suggest that you consult an experienced family law attorney.
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You could have an argument for the reasonableness of the expense of the glasses. If the braces are deemed necessary by the orthodontist then you would have a hard time showing a court why you should not be responsible for 1/2 of the cost.
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Ultimately this is a question of whether the expenses are considered to be reasonable by the judge. The judge will also consider the fact that you were not consulted prior to their purchase. You raise valid points that can be argued in court. Good luck.
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