UNH Analysis Leads to Change in How Child Support is Calculated in New Hampshire

UNH Analysis Leads to Change in How Child Support is Calculated in New Hampshire

Oct 11, 2013

An extensive analysis of New Hampshire child support guidelines by a team from UNH has resulted in a substantial change in how child support is calculated in the Granite State. The new child support guidelines went into effect July 1, 2013.

The UNH team was comprised of:

  • Malcolm Smith, UNH Cooperative Extension professor and an affiliate professor of education
  • Michael Kalinowski, associate professor of family studies
  • Reagan Baughman, associate professor of economics
  • Megan Henly, a doctoral student in sociology

The state is required to have its child support guidelines reviewed every four years. This was the first time a team from UNH conducted the analysis.

“Making sure the courts and the Department of Health and Human Services have solid guidance in making custody decisions and figuring the cost of child support ultimately insures a better life for our state's most precious natural resource – our children,” Smith said.

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