Child custody

If there is an agreement in place regarding child support, this should be answered by the language in the agreement. If the agreement does not require consent before obtaining treatment it is my opinion that she is on the hook for the expenses.

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My husband has joint legal custody of his two children with his ex-wife, but the ex-wife has guardianship( they live with her) and in the custody agreement it states that medical expenses must be divided and paid by both parties. my husband’s mother took one of the children to the doctor several times while the child was visiting and my husband paid the copays, We did not discuss the taking the child to the doctor beforehand with the mother. Now the mother states that she is not responsible for her half of the medical bills incurred because she was not informed beforehand. We feel that that is irrelvant because she does not discuss taking the children to the doctor with my husband beforehand yet demands that he pay half the medical expenses, which we do. She states that since she is the custodial parent that all things have to be discussed with her beforehand or she is not legally responsible. But to my understanding the father,who has joint legal custody, has just as much right to make medical decisions for the children as she does. I am I right? Is she legally responsible to pay half of the medical bill incurred when she did not initate the treatment?

tammy benfield