Me and my wife are divorcing. I am disabled and unable to work. At the spousal support hearing my wife was awarded $500 a month and ordered to provide me with health insurance through her employer as her spouse. She works at a UPMC hospital.
Under COBRA, you will be able to obtain the health insurance for up to 18 months. However, in some states, like NJ, there is a limited type of divorce called a divorce from "Bed & Board" which will enable you to stay insured. To properly answer your questions and address your concerns, the best way to handle this is by retaining an experienced PA matrimonial attorney. Use AVVO's Find a Lawyer tool to select a qualified attorney. THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE! YOU NEED TO SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY WHO IS LICENSED IN YOUR STATE FOR LEGAL ADVICE. This is merely suggestions for you to think about in discussing your situation with the local attorney.
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No. Your spouse is not required to prove health insurance after a divorce decree is issued. You will be eligible for COBRA for 36 months, but COBRA coverage is usually very costly. You should look into the government healthcare market place to find coverage.
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Your question does not say whether you have a divorce lawyer or not. It would be in your best interest to consult with an experienced divorce lawyer in your area who can explain the divorce code factors with you and determine what would be in your best interest concerning any decision to be made about your health insurance costs and options after the divorce decree is issued as well as alimony issues.
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