Seeking reimbursement on outstanding bills from your spouse

Seeking reimbursement on outstanding bills from your spouse

By PK Jordan          Divorce Reimbursement

You are recovering from the Christmas season.  The kids are starting sports and they have outgrown their soccer shoes or their basketball shoes.  You say to yourself “I just bought these a few months ago.”  It is easier to share the burden when there are two incomes,  but you don’t want to ask for assistance from the other parent and deal with the hassle that can come with it.


Fast forward to a failed reimbursement issue(s) with your spouse or soon to be ex-spouse.  This is a common problem in many families.  I have some solutions for preventing this from happening.  Let me provide some explanation on why these issues occur.

  1. Parent makes the decision without consulting the other parent.
  2. A parent who is expecting reimbursement thinks they are entitled to continue their lifestyle as it was during a marriage.
  3. Some parents have not made the distinction that there are no longer two combined incomes.
  4. Parent fails to explain before the expense was incurred.
  5. Parent fails to put the agreement in writing for the approved expenses between parents.

Solution to Reimbursement:

  1. Before incurring the expense, email the other parent to give them an opportunity to review and assess.
  2. Give the other parent specifics: Ex. Sports.  Time, Location, Frequency, duration of a season, cost.
  3. Let the other parent know how you can share in taking the child(ren) to sports practices, doctor appointments, etc.
  4. Don’t have an expectation that they have to help all the time with transportation.  ASK them to help you.  Don’t assume they will say “no.”
  5. Medical appointments do your best to give the other parent 48 hours or more notice on regular appointments.  Ex. A child is sick. Let the other parent know as soon as possible in an email and maybe call.  Parents should not withhold care when a child is sick.

Why the other parent objects to making payment:

  1. Parent is not communicating with them and there is a heavy expectation of payment without asking first.
  2. Other parent wants to be consulted, included and not looked at as an ATM.
  3. Other parent wants to be respected.  HUGE one.
  4. Give every opportunity to the other parent to be included in the decision making when it comes to their child.  Do not make any unilateral decision.  (Ask me about this one.)
  5. Be reasonable on expenses if you are asking for reimbursement.  Provide the other parent with some options.  Ex. Shoe prices. List 2-3 shoe stores.  This lets the parent know that you are being mindful of the expense.

Lack of cooperation on reimbursement:

  1. Courts will most  likely find in favor of the parent who asks and puts everything in writing
  2. Courts will examine the actual need and determine the reimbursement.
  3. Costs you will incur for lack of payment can far exceed what is due to the other parent.
  4. If you are not in agreement of the expense, provide a good reasonable explanation as to why you cannot participate in the expense.  The judge will look at your explanation.

Do the right thing by your child.  It will pay off in the long run.  Besides, you have many opportunities to celebrate your child’s milestones!

Trust yourself.  If you could use some assistance in refining your existing parenting plan or need to make one, please contact our office for a free consultation.

Serving others is an honor. What you think and say matters to your mediator!

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Divorce Support Groups

Divorce Support Groups

By: PK Jordan

During divorce, you should not have to face it alone.  There are many resources out there concerning divorce support.   Here is a group called Divorce Care.  The group has been around for 20+ years and there are over 16,000 locations that teach on Divorce Care worldwide.  The curriculum is aimed to help you heal right where you are at.  The group is not looking for perfect people.  What a relief!

Below are the topic descriptions for Divorce Care as follows:

  • What’s happening to me?
  • The Road to healing/finding help
  • Facing my anger
  • Facing my loneliness
  • What does the owner’s manual say?
  • New relationships
  • Financial survival
  • Kid care
  • Single sexuality
  • Forgiveness
  • Reconciliation
  • Moving on, growing closer to God

At Divorce Care you are not expected to share.  You are asked to commit to three weeks minimum.  You deserve to heal and be a better you.  If you have any questions regarding the group, please contact or call your mediator Pk Jordan at 480-788-4187 for additional information.

Your mediator Pk Jordan was divorced 9 years ago.  I can tell you that support during divorce is essential.  Start today by taking your first step to healing.


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Who qualifies for spousal maintenance/alimony?

Who qualifies for spousal maintenance/alimony?

By: PK Jordan


Divorce is on the horizon.  You have many concerns running through your mind.  You were provided for over the years, but now you’re facing new changes in your life.  Over the years, you have been a stay-at-home Mom or have very little job experience.    Nobody ever plans for divorce.  The reality is how are you going to live on your own and pay your bills???   Mediation can help you explore those options.  Below are some areas that you may qualify for spousal maintenance/alimony:

Is your education obsolete?

  • Have you been out of the work force for a substantial amount of time?
  • Was your job a stay-at-home mom for a long period of time?
  • Do you have a chronic health condition that limits you for working outside the home?
  • Do you have a special needs child that needs 24 hour care?
  • Medical insurance is too expensive to get on your own due to medical needs?
  • Where you married for a long time?
  • Did you participate in building a business with your spouse?

Keep in mind every State has their own criteria on who qualifies for spousal maintenance/alimony.  The items of qualifications need to be verified with the State’s Law.  The areas of possible qualifications are only provided for informational purposes.  This article is not invented as legal advice or determination.   Each case is unique and needs may vary from family to family.

East Valley Mediator can help you in figuring out your spousal maintenance need.  We would be glad to assist you in this matter. Call today for a Free Consult.

We assist families across the United States through Web Mediation.

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Great tips for dealing with pain and stress during divorce

Stress can sure get the best of us. Did you know that stress can refer to our joint,too? I have been practicing some of these methods for years.

Give it a try. Please read the article in the link below. One tip that has helped me, is eating by 6pm daily.


Have a great day!

6 Foods that fight pain


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