A Review of New Hampshire’s New Alimony Statute

On Jan. 1, changes in New Hampshire and federal law concerning alimony became effective. Eight months later, the changes have legal and financial professionals calling for an amendment to New Hampshire’s alimony statute. Even if you have not been divorced, you probably know that “alimony” or “spousal support” are payments to an ex-spouse to provide for the recipient’s reasonable living expenses. Although sometimes mocked as an unjust “get rich” scheme, alimony is meant to provide the recipients with a reasonable amount of income so that they can meet reasonable living expenses while taking steps to become self-supporting, provided the payer has the ability to pay.

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