Only one health insurance counts

It’s an abuse of discretion for the court to count the cost of health insurance for both parents when it calculates child support using the Alabama child support guidelines. This from the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals in Volovecky v. Hoffman, No. 2030291 (Ala.Civ.App. 12/30/2004). The divorce decree had required the father to provide health insurance, and he had complied. In a modification case, however, the court included the cost of health insurance for both the father and the mother. The appeals court reversed, instructing the trial court to recompute child support based on the cost of health insurance provided by the father.

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