Having children comes with the financial responsibility to adequately provide for them. Generally, the parent who has the minor children in his or her care more than the other parent receives child support from that other parent. Child support, unlike alimony (which is discussed below), is not tax deductible to the person paying it nor is it considered income to the person receiving it. New Hampshire has child support guidelines which calculate what a parent’s child support obligation should be based on the parties’ individual incomes. The Court can deviate from these guidelines based on certain facts such as one parent covering the cost for insurance coverage for the children and other factors the Court deems relevant.
Even after a Court has ordered a child support obligation, each parent has the right to request a review of their child support based on a substantial change in circumstances such as the needs of the parent receiving child support have increased or the income of the parent paying child support has decreased. Additionally, regardless of a substantial change in circumstances, either parent has the right to request a periodic review of their child support every 3 years.