The Law Office of Peter A. Lauzon The Law Office of Peter A. Lauzon
Call 310-432-7188 To Speak To Our Attorneys
Menu Contact
In This Section

Los Angeles Family Law Blog

What happens to your health insurance after divorce?

If you're in the process of divorce, or even just contemplating it, there are so many things you have to think about. One of the things that many people neglect to sort out is health insurance.

If you have health insurance through your own job or some other means that's not tied to your spouse, you don't have anything to worry about. But if you insure your spouse under your plan, or they insure you under theirs, the time to sort out what you're going to do is now.

health-insurance-medicine.jpg

How long do you have to make the change?

Most companies allow for a window of time in which any changes have to be reported. Often that's 30 days. So if you get divorced your spouse can wait a while before they notify their insurance company. That can give you time to get coverage of your own, so you don't have a lapse in coverage and risk a medical problem where you wouldn't have any financial help.

Peter Lauzon Named to Southern California Super Lawyers 2019 List

Fewer than five percent of attorneys receive the Super Lawyers recognition, and for his 15th consecutive year in Southern California, Peter A. Lauzon has been selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers list, a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Congratulations to Peter on his recognition.

Nathalie Paluch Affirmed in All Four Issues in Published Appellate Decision

Nathalie Paluch received a published child custody decision in the Second Appellate District Division One after the Court of Appeal affirmed all four of the lower court's decisions on behalf of the plaintiff and respondent. Read more...    

The Law Office of Peter A. Lauzon Promotes Nathalie Paluch to Partner

The Law Office of Peter A. Lauzon is proud to name Nathalie Paluch as our newest partner. Nathalie is passionate about family law matters involving child support, child custody, property division, spousal support, premarital agreements, restraining orders, international custody disputes, adoption, and guardianship cases and is an invaluable asset to our firm. Congratulations, Nathalie.

Nathalie Paluch Featured in the Daily Journal for "Anniversary Brings No-Fault Divorce History Into Spotlight"

Nathalie Paluch was recognized in the Daily Journal for her article, "Anniversary Brings No-Fault Divorce History Into Spotlight."

The Law Office of Peter A. Lauzon Featured in the Long Beach Press-Telegram!

In recognition of the 50-year anniversary of California's signing of the first no-fault law in the United States, Nathalie Paluch and the Law Office of Peter A. Lauzon was featured in the Long Beach Press-Telegram! Read more...

Fifty-Year Anniversary of California No-Fault Divorce Brings History Into Spotlight

On the 50-year anniversary of California's signing of the first no-fault law in the United States, family lawyer Nathalie Paluch, of the Law Office of Peter A. Lauzon, celebrates with a look back on the history of this momentous law and what it has done for women and men who dissolved marriages in a more safe, transparent and equitable manner.

Attorney Nathalie Paluch Featured in NPR's Marketplace for her Tips for International Adoption on World Adoption Day

In observance of World Adoption Day adoption attorney Nathalie Paluch, of the Law Office of Peter A. Lauzon, offers tips for passing the home study and interview required for many international adoptions this November 9, 2018.

Special Needs Families, Divorce and Bullying - A Column by Attorney Nathalie Paluch

Recently, I learned a story of a special needs family divorcing that broke my heart, and the saddest part is that it is all too common. In this story, the parent who was the primary caregiver was inclined initially to give up everything, truly everything, in the name of the well-being of the kids. Sounds like a good parent who deeply cares, all of which is true, but think about the well-being of the kids and parents, and how they all are affected by these decisions including loss of parent, stability, health, income, and more.
Here is the fact pattern with some information redacted due to privacy: Family owns a home with a substantial amount of equity, there is some money in the bank, but very little compared to the home equity, something common especially in the State of California. The primary caregiver makes less income and can only generate that income with family support that will be lost. When the divorce was announced, the primary caregiver parent offered (or was pressured) to relinquish physical custody, to leave the home with no buyout of community property or ongoing benefits, something that was initially accepted.
In this situation, one parent, who made every sacrifice so that the other could generate an income despite the challenges of raising a special needs family, is concerned about how to make it through the year, losing her income, benefits, housing, equity and more while the other makes and retains a very comfortable lifestyle.
With an 80% divorce rate among families of children with special needs, the sad truth is that parents, many times who are primary caregivers both male and female, and many times already in very high stress or compromised positions themselves, are getting coerced, pressured, bullied, or just confused into accepting deals that put both themselves and their children into a less-than-ideal scenario.
A special needs parent that our firm represents [with permission given by our client] initially experienced something similar prior to our representation. Our client almost left the family home, just to get out of the marriage, with a willingness to relinquish the equity and the place the children were accustomed to living, thinking that was the best way of not adding more stress into an already difficult life situation.  Our client was very overwhelmed by the idea of taking on court dates and paperwork in addition to the already overwhelming demands of a special needs child and not able to make clear choices. In the end, the Court afforded the rights granted to a person in this situation, above and beyond any initial "friendly" (read: coercive) offer by the other party.
Here's how the law really works. It is more simple than it seems. Community property says each party has 50% ownership of all property and assets established during a marriage. No party should struggle significantly more than the other, since each party built the life experienced by both. In matters with special needs families this is even more pronounced. Many times, one family member has a prolonged gap in work experience due to the needs of the child, the emergencies that arises, the therapies needed to be overseen, school management, advocacy, medical appointments, etc. But both members of many families are doing equal duty, divided in a way that can meet the needs of their unique situation.
No parent in this or any situation deserves to be bullied or to be denied his or her fair share. It isn't just about money or resources, it is about all people who love a child being able to be there with that child and for that child. For special needs children, where the demand is even more pronounced, it is even more important. Let's put an end to some of the bullying, confusion, coercion and alleged complexity in special needs divorces in the name of being "friendly." What is really friendly is when neither parent is on the verge of destitution and all people who love a child have the breathing room to be a positive influence in that child's life.

Email Us For A Response

Learn How We Can Help You Send us an email and we will contact you to get started with a consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

The Law Office of Peter A. Lauzon

2049 Century Park East, Suite 850
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Phone: 310-432-7188
Fax: 310-277-0970
VIEW FULL MAP

Review Us
Google Map