Child Support Agreements

In New Hampshire, parents can’t change a child support order without approval by the court. I found an article regarding the story of divorced parents in New Hampshire who had agreed in writing two years ago to amend child support payments after the father, lost his job.

The state Division of Child Support Services sent Anthony Laura the bill this summer after his ex-wife, Ericka Scott, applied for food stamps and other state assistance.
The justices ruled that the state’s child support guidelines are in place to help guarantee adequate support for children and require that parents meet their support responsibilities based on their income and ability to pay.

The agreement between the parents lessened the amount of money would owe. The Supreme Court of New Hampshire disagreed with this position. The agreement is is viewed as invalid because the family court did not approve it and the father is now liable for approximately $5,000 in back payments for the court-ordered support. The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that the private agreement has no bearing on the court-ordered back support.

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