In New Hampshire, child support is based on a formula prescribed by law, RSA 458-C. The calculation uses the average gross monthly income of each parent, with deductions for the cost of health insurance for the children, child care expenses up to a maximum cap, and state income taxes. Reference is then made to a table issued by the state. Google “New Hampshire Judicial Branch Family Division child support” for the required forms and table. The parent who doesn’t have primary residential responsibility generally pays the amount dictated by that calculation. Circumstances can permit an adjustment in the calculation (RSA 458-C:5). If one party has significantly lower income than the other, a reduced child support obligation usually is ordered even with equal parenting time.
The Child Support Table is predicated on a sliding scale depending on the combined incomes of the parties and the number of children. The amount an obligated parent can typically be expected to pay is roughly their proportionate share (based on their fraction of the combined income) of the following percentages of the combined net incomes of the parents: 25% to 19 % for 1child, 35% to 26% for 2, 42% to 31% for 3, and 45% to 33% for 4. A deviation from the standard calculation requires explanation to and approval by the Court. Ordinarily child support is paid until a child is 18 and has graduated from high school.
Child support in New Hampshire can be complicated by issues such as: the treatment of overtime pay, bonuses, non-wage income, unusual parenting schedules, transportation expenses, the child’s medical needs. You’ll want an experienced lawyer who can help make sure you are paying or receiving the proper amount following your divorce or legal separation. For experienced legal services regarding child support, contact the family law attorneys at Winer & Bennett, LLP. Schedule your consultation today by calling 603-882-5157.