Monday, May 10, 2010

Does a parent have a legal responsiblity to pay for treatement?

My friend needs some medical treatment which she can't get on NHS. She lives with her mum, but neither have the money to pay for it. Her dad has offered to pay numerous times, but hasn't paid. I want to know if there is any legal precedent whereby a parent is obliged by the law to pay for a child's treatment, even if the child does not live with them? Any cases or judicial statements would help me out here.Does a parent have a legal responsiblity to pay for treatement?
If the National Health Service will not provide this treatment, that suggests it is not essential.

Is this dental treatment ? Dental treatment should be free for schoolchildren.

If this treatment is optional, she can't demand that her father must pay up.

If, however, he has written down his offer, and signed the letter, she could try getting the Citizens Advice Bureau to decide if it is some kind of binding contract or promise, which she could take to court. But I doubt it.

If this does not answer the question, you will have to give a little more detail about the problem.

Certainly it is most unlikely she could force her father to pay for cosmetic surgery, for instance,

depends what you mean by ';needs';

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