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Can The Court Order Me To Pay For Life Insurance On My Life?

In determining child support, the court shall have the authority to order a party to (i) maintain any existing life insurance policy on the life of either party provided the party so ordered has the right to designate a beneficiary and (ii) designate a child or children of the parties as the beneficiary of all or a portion of such life insurance for so long as the party so ordered has a statutory obligation to pay child support for the child or children.

The payments one party incurs for maintaining life insurance for the child's benefit can be a factor the court considers in determining child support. So, if you are ordered to maintain and pay for life insurance, you can argue that your child support payments should be lower than the presumptive child support guidelines.

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