An extensive analysis of New Hampshire child support guidelines by UNH has resulted in a substantial change in how child support is calculated in the Granite State.
The UNH researchers recommended that the state adopt the income shares model for calculating child support. The idea behind the income shares model is that a child should receive the same amount of financial support had the family remained intact. Under the new formula, the incomes of each parent are combined to determine the total amount that would have been spent on the child, and each parent’s contribution toward child support is allotted based on that joint income figure.
Previously, one parent was assessed a percentage of his or her income to provide to the other parent, regardless of the other parent’s income, even if the parent receiving the child support actually made more than the parent providing the support.
The new child support guidelines went into effect July 1, 2013....