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Question: If the divorce decree states that the father is responsible for dental costs for our children, must he carry dental insurance?? If not and he claims he is unable to pay the 2/3 of he medical/dental that is not covered by insurance what action can I take to get him to pay?

Answer:

The information you have provided is a bit confusing.  Your first sentence suggests that your ex is responsible for all dental costs not covered by insurance and the second suggests that he is only responsible to pay for 2/3 of any such costs.   The answer to your question is really dependent upon what the divorce decree says.  Unless the decree specifically requires your ex-husband to maintain dental coverage for the children, absent a future order of the court, he cannot likely be forced to do so.  

If you do have a decree and you wish to enforce it, the following are links instructions/forms below on how to get the support enforcement process started. The forms are listed by Arizona county.  If you do not see your county listed, contact your local superior court to ask about its specific procedures. 

Maricopa County

Request to Enforce Support (incl. uninsured medical expense payments) Instructions and forms

Coconino County

Request to Enforce Support (incl. uninsured medical expense payments) Instructions and forms  

Yavapai County:

Request to Enforce Support (incl. uninsured medical expense payments) Instructions and forms 

Mohave County:

Request to Enforce Support (incl. uninsured medical expense payments)

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  • If the divorce decree states that the father is responsible for dental costs for our children, must he carry dental insurance?? If not and he claims he is unable to pay the 2/3 of he medical/dental that is not covered by insurance what action can I take to get him to pay?

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