Health troubles can result in outrageous medical bills. The uncertainty of how you will afford your bills may put a strain on your marriage.
If you divorce, your stress may only deepen wondering how you will pay for your medical needs on a single income.
Start a savings
As you prepare to divorce, you will want to revisit your budget. Shift your priorities and assess what your true necessities are. Eliminating unnecessary expenditures may give you enough money to contribute to a savings plan. Having some extra money can provide significant relief if you experience an unexpected medical condition that requires immediate attention.
If you relied on your spouse to provide income and insurance, you may consider getting a job of your own. Looking for employment opportunities that provide health care benefits may alleviate some of your worries.
If you do have a job, COBRA insurance may apply until you can find a more permanent option. WebMD also suggests trying to negotiate health care insurance as part of your divorce settlement. Particularly, if you have children, you may have a better chance of convincing the court to require your spouse to continue providing health care coverage until a certain time.
Depending on the relationships you have with your family and friends, you may be able to solicit their support during difficult times. Even though your medical expenses contributed to the end of your marriage, your proactive approach to saving and implementing a budget may help you to minimize financial loss. Working with an attorney can also help you know the value of your assets so you can make sure you get a fair settlement.