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New Hampshire Child Support Factors

The court may order reasonable provisions for the support and education of a child. There are specific child support guidelines set out in the statute. There is a presumption that the amount set forth in the guidelines is correct, unless it is shown that the amount is unjust or inappropriate under the particular circumstances of a case. The factors for consideration for adjusting the amount up or down which are specified in the statute are: (1) any extraordinary medical, dental, or educational expenses of the child; (2) a significantly higher or lower income of either parent; (3) the economic consequences of the presence of any stepparents, stepchildren, or natural or adopted children; (4) any extraordinary costs associated with physical custody; (5) the economic consequences to either parent of the disposition of the marital home; (6) any state or federal tax consequences; (7) any split or shared custody arrangements; (8) the costs of providing college educations to any natural or adopted children; and (9) any other significant factor. The court may order health insurance coverage as a method of support. There are also provisions for wage assignments and wage withholding to secure the payment of any child support. [New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated; Chapters 458:17, 458:18, and 458-C:1-5].

New Hampshire child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate New Hampshire child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate New Hampshire child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about New Hampshire child support in the New Hampshire state statutes located at: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/.