Most divorces are the conclusion of a union that has failed to enrich the lives of both parties. It's important to understand, however, that not every divorce occurs due to a lack of love. In this Texas example, divorce is a possible means of reducing financial strain. For these spouses, child support won't be an area of contention in their divorce process.
The parties are parents to a 6-year-old daughter, a little girl with a rare genetic disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. She suffers from vision and hearing impairment, seizures, and kidney issues. Around-the-clock care is necessary, and she'll never be able to live independently. The couple pays nearly $15,000 per year for health insurance, but that doesn't cover all of her medical needs.
Because the father earns nearly $40,000 a year, the family doesn't qualify for Medicaid. If they divorce, however, the mother would qualify as a single parent if she has primary custody of their daughter. While this scenario sounds outlandish, it could actually work if everything is structured properly.
If the couple divorces, the mother could apply for Medicaid coverage without using her partner's income. They could continue living together as a family and sharing in their daughter's care. In order for this to work out, the divorce must be handled very carefully, including matters of child support. Sitting down with a family law attorney is the best way for this Texas couple to make sure that all of the bases are covered, and that their divorce meets its intended purpose.