Another major change set to occur in how child support is calculated under the new guidelines is how we determine whether a parent's health insurance is "reasonable in cost." Under the new guidelines, both parents' ability to pay (determined by taking their adjusted income and multiplying by 4%) will be combined, instead of the current guidelines that look to only one parent's income to make this determination.
So what's the impact going to be from this change? Well, it will allow for more expensive health insurance that is still considered "reasonable in cost." Before, is you had one parent with $3,000 in adjusted monthly income and the other with $2,000, health insurance would not be considered "reasonable in cost" if it was more than $120 (4% of $3,000) under the first parent's policy or $80 (4% of $2,000) under the second parent's policy.