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New Hampshire Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors

In New Hampshire the support payments (if any) can certainly influence how the marital property distribution is awarded, which is why it can become a very intricate part of the final outcome of any divorce. Keeping this in mind, if you and your spouse are unable to reach and agreement on this issue, the Superior Court will order support from one spouse to the other on a case-by-case basis as follows:

The court shall consider the following when determining how much and for how long support should be paid: 1. duration of the marriage; 2. the age, 3. health condition, 4. occupation, 5. amount and sources of income, 6. the property awarded, 7. job skills, 8. employability, estate, liabilities, and needs of each of the parties, 10. the opportunity of each for future acquisition of capital assets and income, 11. the marital fault or misconduct of either party, 12. tax consequences.

In determining amount and sources of income, the court shall not consider a minor child’s social security benefit payments or a second or subsequent spouse’s income.

The court may consider veterans’ disability benefits collected by either or both parties to the extent permitted by federal law.

The court may also consider the contribution of each of the parties in the acquisition, preservation, or appreciation in value of their respective estates and the noneconomic contribution of each of the parties to the family unit.

You can also read more about New Hampshire spousal support in the New Hampshire state statutes located at: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/.