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Health insurance for kids after a divorce

As an Illinois parent, you no doubt know the importance of making sure your kids receive proper medical and dental care. This may include routine and preventive care such as annual exams, teeth cleanings and vaccinations. If your kids have any special needs or medical conditions, you may have ongoing health care concerns. A fall on a playground or a sports injury are yet other scenarios that commonly arise with kids and highlight the need for proper health insurance.

When you get divorced, just how can you make sure your kids will continue to have access to the care they need when they need it? As explained by 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy, you and your spouse will need to work this out carefully during your divorce. In some cases, one parent agrees to provide health insurance for the children after the divorce and this agreement and requirement may be put into your divorce decree.

Even with health insurance, you may well have out-of-pocket medical costs for co-pays or out-of-network providers. You may assign this responsibility to one parent only or agree to share these costs equally. Whatever agreement you and your children's other parent come to, you will want to have it clearly included in your divorce agreement so that there are no ongoing disagreements about it.

If you would like to learn more about how to ensure your children are able to receive proper medical and dental care after your divorce, please feel free to visit the child care page of our Illinois family law website.

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