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Child Support and Health Insurance for Children

Under the Georgia Child Support Guidelines, expenses for a child’s health insurance premiums are included in the child support calculation. OCGA §19-6-15(h). The total health insurance premium is prorated between the parents based upon their respective incomes on the child support worksheets. The health insurance premium gets added as an adjustment to the basic child support obligation as an “additional expense” on the Child Support Worksheets. OCGA 19-6-15(h)(2)(A). The total premium is then divided pro rata between the parents and the end result is that the payor gets credit toward his/her child support obligation for the amount paid. Thus, the child support obligation is lowered by the amount of the premium for which the other parent is responsible.

For example, if the father makes $40,000 per year and the mother makes $60,000 per year, and the health insurance premium is $100/month, the father will be responsible for $40 and the mother will be responsible for $60. If the father is the child support payor and he is the one paying the premiums, his child support obligation will be lowered by $60/month, which is the amount of the health insurance premium for which the mother is responsible.

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