My ex husband and I share legal custody. He took our chlidren to the emergency room multiple times to have them tested for drug/alcohal as he believes i am giving adderall to them... of course not true. Doctors have told him on every occasion that there is nothing in their system. He has done this on several occassions, and have had the bills sent to me. There is now over $1000,00 in past due amounts all if which are in my name. He did not tell me he was taking them in, i only found out when the bills showed up. Who is responsible for these? The total balance thus far was $1500+ and i have made payments of $650.00. Is this a split cost? How should I proceed?
I suggest you talk with the lawyer who helped you with your divorce.
You might want to consider asking the divorce court for an order to have your ex pay all of these expenses. Also, your ex may be potentially in contempt of court for taking the children to the doctor in a non-emergency situation without telling you first. What you can to depends largely on what your judgment and related documents say.
This is not good behavior on the part of your ex. I think you should nip it in the bud immediately. You may want to use a lawyer. The court may order your ex to pay part or all of your legal fees.
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Your Uniform Child Support Order sets forth the ordinary and extraordinary medical expenses. One parent contributes a portion of the expected annual medical expense to the other parent and the parent who receives the contribution should pay the expense. If you are at $1,000 of expenses, your extraordinary expense should kick and the FOC can step in. However, your bigger problem here is the abuse and poor parenting time, and it sounds like you need to stop that. Have a conversation with an attorney how to build a case to either stop this or set this up correctly for a motion to stop this. And if it still does not stop, it's time to pursue sole legal custody (presuming you share that at this time). Wishing you all the best!
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Confer with your divorce attorney. You should not be liable for UNNECESSARY medical bills. This sounds abusive and improper but fir a firm opinion your attorney needs all of the facts and you need a court order to stop the foolishness. I do not understand why the bills should be sent to you in any case as you are not contracting for the services.
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