SB16 (2021) Detail

Amending the alimony statute due to changes in federal tax law.


SB 16  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0963

05/10

 

SENATE BILL 16

 

AN ACT amending the alimony statute due to changes in federal tax law.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Carson, Dist 14

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill revises the formula for term alimony because of recent changes in federal income tax law.  The bill recognizes that alimony is no longer either deductible by the payor or taxable to the payee.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0963

05/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT amending the alimony statute due to changes in federal tax law.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Annulment, Divorce and Separation; Term Alimony.  Amend the introductory paragraph of RSA 458:19-a, II(a) to read as follows:

II.(a)  The amount of a term alimony order shall be the lesser of the payee's reasonable need, or a formula based on [30] 23 percent of the difference between the parties' gross incomes at the time the order is created, unless the court finds that justice requires an adjustment. In making this calculation, gross income as defined in RSA 458:19, V shall be:

2  New Subparagraph; Annulment, Divorce and Separation; Term Alimony; Formula Percentage.  Amend RSA 458:19-a, II to insert after subparagraph (b) the following new subparagraph:

(c)  The formula percentage in subparagraph (a) of 23 percent is based on alimony not being deductible to the payor and taxable to the payee under federal income tax law.  If alimony becomes deductible to the payor and taxable to the payee under federal income tax law, the formula shall be based on 30 percent of the difference between the parties' gross incomes.

3  Annulment, Divorce and Separation; Term Alimony; Consideration of Special Circumstances; Impact of Federal Tax Law.  Amend RSA 458:19-a, IV(j) to read as follows:

(j)  The impact of federal tax law on the parties including the allocation of applicable tax-related benefits.

(k)  Any other reason the court deems material and relevant.

4  New Paragraph; Alimony Modification; Effective Date.  Amend RSA 458:19-aa by inserting after paragraph I the following new paragraph:

I-a.  Any modification may be retroactive as the parties may agree.  If contested, an alimony modification shall not be effective prior to the date that the notice of the petition for modification was given to the other party.

5  New Paragraphs; Modification of Alimony Orders; Applicable Law Based on Filing Date of Initial Petition For Divorce or Legal Separation.  Amend RSA 458:19-aa by inserting after paragraph IX the following new paragraphs:

X.(a)(1)  The provisions of RSA 458:14, 458:19, 458:19-a, and 458:19-aa, as amended or inserted by 2018, 310, shall not apply to modifications of orders in cases whose initial petition for divorce or legal separation was filed prior to January 1, 2019, unless the court finds that the original order:

(A)  Was based on an agreement of the parties adopting some or all of the provisions of that act; or

(B) Specified that the court was adopting some or all of the provisions of that act.

(2)  Absent such a finding, modifications of these orders shall be controlled by the law in effect on the date the initial petition for divorce or legal separation was filed.

(b)  Parties to any case in which the initial petition was filed prior to January 1, 2019 may agree to adopt some or all of the provisions of 2018, 310:

(1)  In the original agreement or any modification of it; or

(2)  In modifying any court order.

XI.  An alimony order effective on or after January 1, 2019, including one based on an agreement of the parties, may be modified in accordance with RSA 458:19-a, II, without the need to demonstrate the findings in RSA 458:19-a, VI, provided that:

(a)  The alimony order was issued pursuant to RSA 458:14, 458:19, 458:19-a, and 458:19-aa, as amended or inserted by 2018, 310;

(b)  The alimony amount is greater than 23 percent of the difference in the parties gross incomes as defined in RSA 458:19-a, II(a); and

(c)  The petition for modification is filed by July 1, 2022.

6  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.  

Links

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SB16 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 12, 2021 Senate Hearing
Feb. 4, 2021 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB16 Revision: 31517 Date: Jan. 5, 2021, 12:19 p.m.

Docket


Feb. 4, 2021: Ought to Pass: RC 23Y-1N, MA; OT3rdg; 02/04/2021; SJ 3


Feb. 4, 2021: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 02/04/2021; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 9


Jan. 12, 2021: Remote Hearing: 01/12/2021, 01:00 pm; Links to join the hearing can be found in the Senate Calendar; SC 6


Jan. 6, 2021: To Be Introduced 01/06/2021 and Referred to Judiciary; SJ 2