Child Support: Historic Change in New Hampshire and Updates in Iowa

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July 25, 2013

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Child Support: Historic Change in New Hampshire and Updates in Iowa
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

Child Support
Historic Change in New Hampshire Child Support Guidelines

Effective July 1, 2013, for the first time in New Hampshire’s history, the child support percentage will vary depending upon how much the parents earn. Under the new Child Support Guidelines, the more the parents earn, the lower the percentage of their monthly income they will pay for child support. Child support paid will be based on the percent of combined net income devoted to child support and the number of children in the same household for which child support is paid.

This change is the result of a 2009 economic analysis prepared by the University of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services/Division of Child Support Services.

The analysis determined that as income increases, the proportion of income spent on supporting a child decreases. As a result, the guidelines were changed to decrease in the percentage of child support to be paid as the combined net income for the parties increase. Read more...

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