Private school can be included as a deviation in the child support worksheet. It is considered a non-mandatory deviation. The deviation for private school is called the extraordinary educational expense and located in Schedule E of the child support worksheet. Just like the other deviations, the amount entered into the worksheet will be the yearly amount paid for private school tuition. The yearly amount will then be pro-rated into a monthly amount. It will also indicate how much of the expense each parent is responsible for.
According to O.C.G.A., “extraordinary educational expenses include, but are not limited to, tuition, room and board, lab fees, books, fees, and other reasonable and necessary expenses associated with special needs education or private elementary and secondary schooling that are appropriate to the parent’s financial abilities and to the lifestyle of the child if the parents and the child were living together.” O.C.G.A. 9-16-15 (J)(i) Any grant or scholarship that the child receives towards their education will also be considered.
First, the amount for each child for private school will be inputted separately. For example, if one child’s tuition is $9,000 a year and the second child’s is $3,000 a year then the amounts will be in a separate column. Then the rows will indicate how much each parent contributes to the expense. One row will be for the amount the parent pays towards the tuition, room & board, fees, and books. The second amount will be for Other Extraordinary Educational Expenses.
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