Maintaining health insurance during and following a divorce case is an important consideration for any dependent or unemployed spouse and for the primary caregiver of any minor children. In most cases, a family’s health insurance is provided by an employer-sponsored plan available to the employed spouse. Family coverage plans generally include major medical, hospital and other lines of coverage for the unemployed or dependent spouse as well as dependent children. Upon divorce, however, the unemployed spouse may no longer be eligible for coverage. It is, therefore, necessary to consider alternative sources of coverage, and the spouse’s eligibility for COBRA benefits in order to maintain continuation coverage after the final judgment of divorce is granted.
The cost of health insurance can be expensive and variable, depending upon which plan is selected, and which dependents are covered. Understanding the fine details of health insurance coverage is one of key obligations of an experienced family lawyer. The cost of coverage may affect child support, alimony, and other forms of support or maintenance ordered by the court. If you are in need of a divorce attorney to help you through the process, contact the Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick now.