Child Support and Uninsured Health Care Expenses
There are some health care expenses that are not covered by health insurance and the child support guidelines state that these uninsured health care expenses “shall be the responsibility of both parents.” OCGA 19-6-15(h)(3)(A). The final child support order must include provisions for payment of these expenses, but they are not to be used in calculating child support. Id. The child support guidelines require that “[t]he parents shall divide the uninsured health care expenses pro rata, unless otherwise specifically ordered by the court.” Id. This means that the parents are free to negotiate payment for the children’s uninsured health care expenses during settlement discussions, but if an agreement is reached to pay these expenses other than on a pro rata basis, this agreement MUST be included in the court’s Order in order for it to be valid and enforceable.