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The cost of health insurance for the children is now presumed to be reasonable if it doesn't exceed 5% percent of the gross income of the parent who's responsible for paying for it, according to the new Florida Statute 61.13(2)(b)(1). Like any presumption, it can be overcome, but the paying parent must prove why requiring insurance is unjust or inappropriate.
In real terms, this means that if you make $50,000/year, and health insurance for the kids costs $2,500/year ($209/month) or less, you must buy it because the cost is in the presumed reasonable range. The court can only deviate from this "presumed reasonable" requirement with written findings explaining why ordering or not ordering health insurance for the children would be unjust or inappropriate, based on evidence presented by the paying parent.
The Florida Legislature also changed the definition of accessible. Now, health insurance is accessible if it is available to be used in the county of the child's primary residence. If your time-sharing plan provides for equal time-sharing, health insurance is accessible if it is available to be used in either county where the child resides.
If coverage is available to either parent at a reasonable rate from a group health plan, the court can require the paying parent either provide health insurance coverage or reimburse the parent providing health insurance through an employer insurance plan.
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