Child Support

Child support guidelines in NH

Child support is calculated through the use of a formula known as the child support guidelines. The child support guidelines are used to determine what the proper amount of child support should be in every case where there are minor children. There are a variety of factors to determine which parent will pay child support to another parent, how much support will be paid and for how long. In general, one parent must pay child support to another in any case in which the parents are no longer living together in the same household. The court calculates the amount of support using the child support guidelines according to a percentage of the parties’ combined monthly gross income.

In July 2013, the New Hampshire Legislature made many important changes to the child support guideline calculation statute which, among other things, changed the percentage of child support a parent will pay based on the incomes of the parties. Calculating child support can be complex, especially when parents are self-employed. There are also reasons why the court may make adjustments to the child support calculation and lower the amount a parent pays. Certain special circumstances may also warrant the court ordering a lower amount of support for qualifying parents.

The attorneys at Shanelaris Schirch & Warburton can help parents during the process of establishing, modifying and enforcing court orders for child support. Our attorneys can help you navigate the child support process in New Hampshire as well as interstate child support issues and foreign child support orders issues.

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