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Will I have to pay for my ex’s insurance?

On Behalf of | Oct 10, 2023 | Divorce

Divorce often involves a multitude of financial and logistical considerations. Among these concerns is whether one party must pay for their ex-spouse’s insurance after the marriage dissolves.

This issue varies depending on the specifics of the divorce agreement and the type of insurance in question.

Health insurance

The prospect of losing health insurance after divorce scares many people, and in Pennsylvania, about 5.5% of the population lacks health insurance.

In many cases, the responsibility for providing health insurance for an ex-spouse ceases once the divorce is final. This means that ex-spouses must secure their own health coverage. However, there are exceptions to this rule. If the divorce decree stipulates that one party must continue to provide health insurance for the other, it becomes a legal obligation.

Life insurance

When a couple gets divorced, they typically reassess their life insurance policies. If one party is the beneficiary of the other’s policy, this can change as part of the divorce settlement.

In some instances, divorcing individuals may still choose to keep their ex-spouse as the beneficiary, especially if they have children. This approach can help ensure financial support for the children in case of the insured party’s passing.

Property and liability insurance

Property and liability insurance, such as homeowners or renters insurance and auto insurance, are typically separate from health and life insurance. In most cases, after a divorce, the spouses will need to secure their own policies. They could split joint policies into individual policies or terminate them entirely.

Making informed decisions about insurance can help divorcing individuals navigate this transition and protect their financial and personal well-being in the post-divorce phase of their lives.