What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Colorado
My two daughters, ages 12 and 16 are here for the summer, possibly staying permanently. Dad is court ordered to maintain health insurance for the kids and I found out today that he isn't. He is receiving child support from me. If the kids do indeed stay here permanently, obviously I will go to court to modify this.
Since they do not have insurance and both are in need of medical care, I will have to file for them to receive Medicaid (I am on SSDI). My 12 year old daughter has had a rectal fissure for TWO YEARS, which I only found out about since she has been here. Dad says "put some antibiotic cream on it." I had this condition, following childbirth and had to have surgery to correct it. Also, my 16 year old has braces and has not seen an orthodontist in 9-12 months. When we were in court, he stated on record that he had not forgiven the actual amount of arrearages that he had received as he needed that extra money to pay for my daughter's braces. Is this considered contempt? Will "they" go after him since I am having to put them on Medicaid? Also, if they do stay permanently, is there anything I can do to recover some of this money from Dad for my daughter's orthodontic care?
I already have 2 young sons living with me and though I couldn't really afford it, I took my daughters without a second's thought. They were living in a very abusive and destructive home. SM actually locked my 16 year old out of the house at 10pm and she had to walk 2 miles barefoot, in the rain to get to her grandmother's house. The police were called and told her that it was illegal to lock her out of the house and she did it again 2 days later. Dad does nothing to correct or protect our daughters from SM. Though there are police reports on this, CPS stated this did not meet their definition of neglect or abuse, so no investigation was done. This would have been the 4th time the home and family had been investigated.
So again, is this contempt and do I have any recourse to get help from Dad for daughter's orthodontic care?