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Divorce impacts medical insurance coverage

The dissolution of a marriage in California can have a negative impact on an individual's finances whether he or she is the household breadwinner. Some of the most complicated financial matters to address during divorce include child support and the division of property. However, an aspect of the finances that is often neglected during divorce is medical insurance coverage.

Once divorce has been finalized in a couple's case, spousal medical insurance coverage comes to an end. However, state laws do protect this coverage during the course of the divorce proceedings. In addition, those going through divorce can expect spousal insurance coverage to continue because changing insurance policies outside of major life events is extremely difficult. Although finalizing a divorce does qualify as a major event, the simple act of filing for divorce does not.

If two spouses decide to legally separate rather than immediately get divorced, they are still married in the eyes of the law. As a result, medical insurance coverage generally remains intact. However, some insurance companies have particular rules for those going through separation. For this reason, speaking with one's insurance company, employer and attorney is expedient before moving forward with legal separation.

The divorce process can understandably be stressful from both an emotional and a financial standpoint. However, an attorney in California can provide the necessary guidance to ensure that one's rights are protected when dealing with the splitting of assets and other monetary matters. The attorney's ultimate goal is to ensure that the most personally favorable outcome is achieved considering the circumstances surrounding the divorce.

Source: care2.com, "How Does Divorce Affect Health Insurance Coverage?", Jan. 22, 2018

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