"Dang it, you got me... yup, I always just run up medical bills for my kids to fvck over my ex, it's not like I get to pay for all out of pocket myself first... fyi, for the last 10 years, the only thing I've ever asked ex to help pay was the braces... you'll be happy to know that I've had a change of heart though and will nickle and dime him to death for his 50%."
Of course, because, AS USUAL, you completely missed the point. Bottom line, if the CP cannot afford braces, NO ONE forces them to get them put on the child. But if the NCP cannot afford them, oh well, too bad, so sad, get a second job, cause THEY got a COURT ORDER.
Its NOT about MONEY, its about the NCP's removal of BASIC parental rights, and then CHARGING them for the choices of the CP.
"The judge felt differently when he signed off on the judgment."
Sure, it was the JUDGE'S fault (and I will agree that the judge was partially to blame) not YOUR fault, for filing in the FIRST place to have your ex pay for COSMETIC work you had done on the child.
"Hey, I couldn't afford dd's braces either. Guess what, I figured it out."
YOU had a CHOICE. He did NOT.
"As far as my ex having a say in the matter... I have sole legal, so nope, no requirement."
Yet he shoudl ACT like a "full" parent, right?
"Despite of that... I am co-parenting with him as much as he wants me to, and he has as much say in raising ds as he wants to... which is zero..."
Yeah, going to COURT over braces sounds like CO-PARENTING to me. And since you DID have to go to court, I guess he has as much say as he wants...unless he disagrees with YOU< right?
Why give a "senior" discount, they have had plenty of time to raise the money...