The purpose of New Hampshire's child support guidelines is to establish a uniform system for family courts to use when determining how much child support should be ordered. The child support guidelines are applied in all child support cases, including temporary orders, and in any order modifying a support order.
New Hampshire's child support guidelines require the non-custodial parent (the parent who doesn't live with the child) to make monthly child support payments to the custodial parent (the parent who lives with the child). These support guidelines are enacted to comply with the federal law that requires:
There is a rebuttable presumption that the amount of a child support award calculated using the guidelines is the correct amount of child support. However, if the court finds that applying the guidelines would be unjust or inappropriate in a specific case, then the court will deviate from the guidelines. Situations where the court will deviate from the child support guidelines includes, but isn't limited to, the following:
|New Hampshire Revised Statutes section 458-C:3: Child Support Formula|
Total Support Obligation
The total child support obligation is divided between the parents in proportion to their respective incomes.
For those cases involving allowable childcare expenses or medical support obligation expenses incurred by the custodial parent, that expense will be deducted from the adjusted gross income of the custodial parent.
State laws change frequently. For case specific information regarding New Hampshire's child support guidelines contact a local family law attorney.
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