In New Hampshire, child support is calculated using a formula in most instances. On the surface, the issue is simple. However, there are unique nuances that need to be addressed. In order to achieve fair child support, it is important to work with an experienced attorney.
A Formula Is Only As Accurate As The Numbers Entered
While the child support guidelines offer a clear formula, it only works if all the numbers entered are accurate. If any income is overlooked by either party, for example, the child support payments will be off balance. At Follender Law Offices, P.L.L.C., in Nashua, we take great care to review the numbers entered to make certain that no income is hidden. This is particularly important when one parent is self-employed, owns his or her own business, or otherwise has income that may not be readily apparent. Our goal is fair payments.
The Formula Is Not Always Appropriate
While the child support formula is effective in the vast majority of cases, whether required as part of a divorce or for unmarried parents, there are situations in which departures from guidelines are needed. For example, there are income caps for the guidelines. High-earners may require a different approach to calculation. Deviations from the guidelines may also be required when a child with special needs is involved.
We have more than 35 years of family law experience. No matter what your situation, you can be confident in our ability to make certain that child support payments are fair and appropriately cover the costs of raising your child.