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NH applies sliding scale to determine child support payments

Ending a marriage can be complicated if young children are involved -- especially when emotions are running high and each parent may have a different idea of what is best for his or her kids. With this in mind, a New Hampshire divorce lawyer can be an invaluable ally, advocating on your behalf and ensuring that you reach a favorable outcome when it comes to critical issues such as custody and child support.

According to Foster's Daily Democrat, legislation surrounding child support payments in the Granite State recently underwent a key alteration, prompting one family lawyer to call it "the most significant change that's happened to the guidelines in 25 years." Previously, reports the source, courts would apply a "flat rate to calculate the amount of money parents [would] owe in child support" after terminating a marriage. Now, as of July 1, this will be determined by using a sliding scale that takes into consideration parents' income levels.

"Parents earning $15,000 or less per year will be responsible for providing 25.6 percent of their net income to support a child," notes the source. "The rate drops to 23 percent at an annual income of $50,000, 21 percent at $80,000 and 19 percent for people earning $125,000 or more.

This significant change will likely mean a more difficult financial burden for low-income divorced parents. Fortunately, there are New Hampshire divorce attorneys who can help you better understand your rights and responsibilities surrounding child support and assist you throughout the entire legal process.

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