Can our son be held legally responsible for bills related to his ex-girlfriend’s pregnancy?

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Can our son be held legally responsible for bills related to his ex-girlfriend’s pregnancy?

Our son’s ex-girlfriend is telling him that she has had a heterotopic pregancy (1 embryo in the uterus; 1 outside). She says that she had an abortion, but they missed the ectopic embryo (the 1 outside of the uterus). If she finds out that it is a viable pregnancy (highly unlikely,) she is going to have it but wants to have a prenatal paternity test (done before baby is born) so that she can make our son pay for all the medical bills whether she is able to have the baby or not. Also, what rights does he have to gain access to the medical info that she is claiming?

Asked on September 11, 2010 under Bankruptcy Law, Montana

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I would consider consulting with an attorney in your area regarding your son's rights under the law.  Surely he has rights to the medical information regarding the baby itself should it be determined that he is the Father.  As for the ex girlfriend, he would not have rights to her medical information under HIPAA laws unless she placed her medical condition in to issue in a lawsuit.  But even then some of the information may not be completely public.  As for payments for the medical expenses, he could probably be held accountable for some of them.  Again, it will depend on the situation at hand.  Take things one step at a time here Good luck.


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