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Child Support Is Not Automatically Reduced When One of Multiple Children Reaches Majority

February 15, 2018 by Leave your thoughts

Wendy and Michael White divorced in 2003. The judge ordered Michael to pay child support for their two children. Their older child was 18 and graduated high school in 2014. By New Hampshire law, therefore, there was no longer a support obligation for the older child after he graduated. If there was only child, Michael’s payments would stop automatically. But...

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Child Support When There is Equal Custody

Child Support When There is Equal Custody

January 14, 2018 by Leave your thoughts

Child Support Guidelines Heath Gosselin filed to reduce the child support to his ex-wife, Kathryn Page. In NH child support cases, the first thing the Judge always has to do is calculate the “guidelines“. Using the income of both parents, and tables provided by law, the Judge figures out the guidelines number. The Judge should start with the presumption that...

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Alimony is Unpredictable

August 16, 2017 by Leave your thoughts

“Got those alimony blues And I sure got to pay some dues” -T. Bone Walker, 1975 Long-Term Marriage In 2014, after over thirty years of marriage, Leslie and Harry Dow divorced. For most of the marriage Leslie worked at a preschool earning up to $21 per hour.  In 2010, however, she and her husband agreed she would quit her job...

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Lessons on Child Support

July 14, 2017 by Leave your thoughts

Child Support Decision A recent court decision sheds a little light on some complications that can arise in child support cases. The parents divorced in 2009. At the time of divorce the judge ordered the father to pay $3,200 a month for three children. He paid the support through the 2015 when the mother filed a motion to raise it. Can...

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When You Are Your Brother’s Keeper

January 13, 2017 by

A recent New Hampshire Supreme Court opinion is applicable to criminal, juvenile and family law. In the case of In RE N.K., a sixteen year old juvenile, N.K., was found delinquent for endangering the welfare of his four year old brother. Under New Hampshire law endangering the welfare of a minor is a crime. RSA 639:3 says “a person is...

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When Must Divorced Parents Pay for College?

January 2, 2017 by

Jeffrey and Paula Oligny had two children and were divorced in 2003.  Under their divorce they were to “equally contribute” to college expenses only after the children “exhausted all forms of scholarships, loans, grants, etc.” When it came time for college both children were able to obtain some financial assistance but not enough to cover their entire tuition.  The mother...

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Parenting Rights After Abuse of the Child

December 4, 2016 by

A recent New Hampshire Supreme Court case dealt with when a Court can terminate parental rights after the parent is convicted of child abuse.  The mother of a very young child was found guilty by a jury of abuse. She was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison with three of those years suspended. Based on that conviction, the...

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Who Gets What? An Overview Of Marital Property In NH

October 28, 2016 by

One of the most contested issues in any divorce aside from issues related to minor children is the division of marital property. In New Hampshire the Court has broad discretion to determine property distribution. Generally speaking it is an uphill battle to attempt to challenge the Court’s decision on appeal and requires a showing that the Court exercised unsustainable discretion,...

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Two Wrongs Sometimes Makes a Right

September 2, 2016 by

Under NH law an innocent party may request a divorce decree based on the fault of another party for certain enumerated causes. If a fault based divorce is granted it can result in a distribution of assets that favors the innocent spouse. The most common cause of a fault divorce is adultery that is defined as voluntary sexual intercourse between...

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