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New Hampshire Child Custody & New Hampshire Child Support

UPDATED: February 16, 2020

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Just as family courts around the nation do, New Hampshire courts strongly advocate that divorcing parents work together and compromise on a solution for raising their children after the divorce. If the parents are unable to come to such an agreement, the courts will step in and decide issues of child support, child custody, and visitation. In doing so, the courts will promote the best interests of the children in coming to a determination. The following headings discuss New Hampshire laws governing child custody and support.

New Hampshire Child Custody:

As mentioned above, New Hampshire courts determine all custody issues as a function of the best interests of the children. The courts will consider all relevant facts and give the father and mother the same consideration regardless of the child’s sex or age. Either a sole or joint custody decision will be reached. The factors the court will consider include, among others: children’s age, their health, their wishes, the parental roles, and any other needs of the children.

New Hampshire Child Support:

Child support in New Hampshire is determined in accordance with the “Income Shares Model” for child support, where each parent’s income is considered in relative proportion. The support amounts calculated from each parent then help decide which parent must pay the other in order to maintain the correct proportion and provide for the needs of the child.

These guidelines are not always followed, but a decision to follow a different standard will require supportive evidence showing 1) all the factors that affect the parties’ financial obligations differently, and 2) how applying a different standard from the Income Shares Model will more effectively preserve the best interests of the child.

The factors that can be considered here are numerous, including, but not limited to:

  • Monetary support provided for other family members;
  • Debts arising for the benefit of the child during the marriage;
  • Imputed income to a party who is voluntarily unemployed for the child’s benefit;
  • Court-ordered payments for health care or education for the child’s benefit;
  • Children’s independent financial resources, if any;
  • Education, training, and/or career opportunities of the parties, and/or ability to pursue those things;
  • A written agreement between the parties on the amount of child support.

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