Ex-wife remarries; husband stops paying her health insurance

A divorced husband could stop paying for his ex-wife’s health insurance when she got engaged and moved in with her fiancé, the Iowa Supreme Court recently ruled. The couple’s divorce decree required the husband to pay up to $300 per month for the wife’s health insurance. He obliged, but wanted to stop paying when the wife no longer needed the coverage.

The question was whether the insurance coverage was part of the wife’s support – which could be modified by a court if her needs changed – or part of the couple’s property settlement, which couldn’t be changed. The court said that in this particular case, the insurance payments were part of the wife’s support, and so they could be cancelled later by a judge.