Can I Take Out a Life Insurance Policy on My Ex-Spouse to Benefit Our Children?

One of the questions that we are frequently asked at Advantage Insurance Network, serving the greater Cincinnati, OH area, is whether you can take out a life insurance policy on an ex-spouse to benefit the children. Many ex-spouses are concerned that if their ex-passes away, the children will lose out on child support or financial support throughout their life. If you are wondering if you can do this, there are two things you need to know. 

What the Divorce Decree States

If you are trying to determine if you can take out a life insurance policy on your ex, one of the first places you may want to look is the divorce decree. In many cases, your ex is required to maintain any existing life insurance policies that benefit you or the children. If there are none in place, your decree may state you can obtain one with you and/or the children as the beneficiaries. 

If Your Ex Will Allow It

If your divorce decree does not state anything about a life insurance policy, you will want to talk to your ex about it. If you agree to pay the premiums and it benefits the children, they may have no issue with you doing it. However, if they do not want you to, there typically is nothing you can do about it. In most cases, you have to have their permission or consent in order to take out a life insurance policy on them. 

If you are looking to take out a life insurance policy on either yourself or your ex-spouse to benefit your children in the greater Cincinnati, OH area, Advantage Insurance Network would love to help. Call us today and one of our friendly agents will help you get started. 

Do children need to have life insurance?

Every parent is familiar with the deluge of mail that arrives after their child is born.  a new baby brings joy, but it also tends to bring a lot of offers for everything from formula to diapers.  Buried in all those advertisements, however, are usually several offers for life insurance. 

Typically, life insurance is recommended to people who have loved ones who are dependent on their income.  In many cases, this means new parents should strongly consider purchasing a life insurance policy. 

Children, however, rarely have anyone who is dependent on their income.  In fact, hardly any of them even have an income.  On the surface, that would seem to indicate that buying life insurance for a baby would be a bad idea.

There are some cases, however, in which purchasing life insurance for a child might make sense.  In many cases, the death of a child might mean a lot of missed time from work and significant funeral expenses.  Because of this, many families with a low amount of savings decide to purchase a small policy that would cover these expenses.

In other cases, children born or diagnosed with a serious condition may need to have life insurance policy purchased for them while they are young so that they can qualify for life insurance after they become an adult.  Because it’s easier to renew a policy than to start a new one, this is a good strategy for families that know about a lifelong medical condition.

If you’re considering purchasing a life insurance policy, call the agents at Fuhriman Insurance Agency.  They have years of experience helping people throughout Boise, ID.