Divorce between parents often means that each party must work together to create fair agreements outlining their respective obligations to the ongoing care of their children. In some cases, parents do not fully address every issue that may arise between parents raising children separately, and only set themselves up for frustration later on. This is especially common when it comes to the ongoing medical care of children.
Medical child support is generally required beyond standard support obligations, but individual support and custody agreements may vary significantly, depending on the resources of each parent. One thing that it is crucial to address in each parent’s case is the individual responsibilities that each parent bears as well as the authority they wield when it comes to medical decisions.
Especially later in a child’s development, parents may disagree about certain optional medical care, such as eye care. While some parents may believe that eye care is just as essential as any other medical procedure, eye care is often more an issue of comfort and ease of function than medical necessity. Many parents face similar conflicts about braces, while others have religious or philosophical objections to certain medical care.
If you and your child’s other parent have not yet addressed your child’s ongoing medical care, be sure to address these issues directly as soon as possible. You want to make sure that you and your child receive the best available care without unnecessary complications. Don’t hesitate to reach out for all the legal counsel you need to resolve these issues fairly and protect your rights and your family’s ongoing well-being.