two Adjustments which must be made to the Basic Child Support Obligation are
based on the payment of Health Insurance Premiums on the behalf of the minor
child(ren) and the payment of Work Related Child Care expenses by either
parent. These Adjustments are sometimes referred to as Mandatory Child Support Deviations. If one parent pays Health Insurance Premiums on behalf of the minor
child(ren), these payments must be considered in the Child Support Worksheet.
to the Official Code of Georgia: "The Amount that is, or will be, paid by a
parent for health insurance for the child for whom support is being determined
shall be an adjustment to the basic child support obligation and prorated
between the parents based upon their respective incomes." O.C.G.A.
§19-6-15(h)(2)(A). This means if one parent pays Health Insurance Premiums on
behalf of the minor child(ren), not including payments made for the child(ren)'s
portion of vision or dental insurance, these payments must be considered when
calculating the Basic Child Support Obligation. Depending on which parent pays
the child(ren)'s portion of Health Insurance Premiums, the Basic Child Support Obligation
may be increased or decreased.
Insurance Adjustment is found in Schedule D of Georgia's Child Support
Worksheet. Specifically, as can be seen below, this Adjustment is listed
in section 2 of Schedule D and is titled: "Health Insurance Premiums
Paid for the Children."
The amount paid by either parent should be placed in the appropriate field. It is important to note that this Adjustment is not a "dollar for dollar" Adjustment, but it is a pro rata Adjustment generated by the formulas contained within the Child Support Worksheet.
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