The child’s medical care costs the Greys $15,000 a year out of pocket, even though they have insurance. Since Jake Grey makes $40,000 a year, the family doesn’t qualify for Medicaid, even though the family is spending 30 percent of its income on Brighton’s medical care.
If Maria Grey raised their two children alone, she would immediately qualify for the government-sponsored health insurance program.
The Greys said the decision on whether to divorce to better afford their child’s health care costs or to continue struggling to make ends meet boils down to a tough choice.
"We've just struggled and struggled with it, and now we've gotten to the point where we feel it's a real possibility," Jake Grey told WFAA.
The Greys said they never thought that having children might endanger their marriage.
“For someone to kind of make you choose between your marriage and your child is just—it's just a really weird spot to be in,” he said.