HB1282 (2024) Detail

Relative to the duration of child support.


HB 1282-FN - VERSION ADOPTED BY BOTH BODIES

 

22Feb2024... 0453h

11Apr2024... 1186h

2024 SESSION

24-2044

05/08

 

HOUSE BILL 1282-FN

 

AN ACT relative to the duration of child support.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Ball, Rock. 25; Rep. J. Nelson, Rock. 13; Rep. Panek, Hills. 1; Rep. Seidel, Hills. 29; Rep. Bickford, Straf. 3; Rep. DeSimone, Rock. 18

 

COMMITTEE: Children and Family Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill alters the time at which a child support obligation terminates.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

22Feb2024... 0453h

11Apr2024... 1186h 24-2044

05/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Four

 

AN ACT relative to the duration of child support.

 

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

 

1  Parental Rights and Responsibilities; Support.  Amend RSA 461-A:14, IV to read as follows:

IV.  The amount of a child support obligation shall remain as stated in the order until the dependent child for whom support is ordered [completes his or her high school education or reaches the age of 18 years, whichever is later, or] marries, or becomes a member of the armed services, or is emancipated pursuant to an order of emancipation under RSA 461-B, or reaches the age of 18 years, unless the child is still a full-time student at a secondary or elementary school, charter school, or a home education program in conformity with RSA 193-a at the age of 18, then child support shall continue until the child graduates or until 2 months after the child reaches the age of 19, whichever is first, at which time the child support obligation, including all educational support obligations, [terminates] shall terminate without further legal action.  If the parties have a child with disabilities, the court may initiate or continue the child support obligation after the child reaches the age of 18.  No child support order for a child with disabilities which becomes effective after July 9, 2013 may continue after the child reaches age 21 or no longer qualifies as a child with a disability, as defined in RSA 186-C:2, I, who is receiving special education or special education and related services as identified by the child's school district.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2025.

 

LBA

24-2044

Amended 4/23/24

 

HB 1282-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2024-1186h)

 

AN ACT relative to the duration of child support.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [    ] State              [ X ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

Estimated State Impact - Increase / (Decrease)

 

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

FY 2027

Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

Revenue Fund(s)

None

Expenditures

$0

$107,000 general funds; $208,000 federal funds

$0

$0

Funding Source(s)

General Fund

Federal funds

Appropriations

$0

$0

$0

$0

Funding Source(s)

None

Does this bill provide sufficient funding to cover estimated expenditures? [X] No

Does this bill authorize new positions to implement this bill? [X] No

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill alters the time at which a child support order terminates.  The bill stipulates the following: the amount shall remain as stated in an order until the dependent reaches the age of 18; unless the child is still a full-time student at a secondary or elementary school, in which case benefits will continue until the child graduates or until two months after the child becomes age 19, whichever is first.  When the applicable condition is met, all child support obligations shall terminate without further legal action.  Currently, RSA 461-A:14, IV states that a child support order shall remain in place until a dependent child completes his or her high school education or reaches age 18, whichever is later.

 

In addition to the changes identified above, the bill amends the portion of statute that requires support when a child is disabled, by specifying that support may terminate once the child no longer qualifies as a child with a disability, as defined in RSA 186-C:2, I.

 

The Department of Health and Human Services states that the above changes may necessitate modifications to the New England Child Support Enforcement System (NECSES). The Department estimates the one-time cost will be approximately $315,000, of which 34 percent ($107,100) will be paid for with state general funds and 66 percent ($207,900) will be paid for with federal funds.   The bill has an effective date of July 1, 2025. However, since the costs are for systems changes that will need to be ready prior to implementation, it is assumed that these costs will be incurred in FY 2025.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Health and Human Services

 

Amendments

Date Amendment
Feb. 8, 2024 2024-0453h
March 29, 2024 2024-1186h

Links


Date Body Type
Jan. 9, 2024 House Hearing
Feb. 6, 2024 House Exec Session
Feb. 6, 2024 House Floor Vote
March 26, 2024 House Exec Session
March 28, 2024 House Floor Vote
April 23, 2024 Senate Hearing
May 16, 2024 Senate Floor Vote
May 23, 2024 Senate Floor Vote
May 22, 2024 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1282 Revision: 42311 Date: May 23, 2024, 2:41 p.m.
HB1282 Revision: 41608 Date: April 23, 2024, 11:46 a.m.
HB1282 Revision: 41502 Date: March 29, 2024, 10:54 a.m.
HB1282 Revision: 40989 Date: March 6, 2024, 9:52 a.m.
HB1282 Revision: 40783 Date: Feb. 8, 2024, 11:02 a.m.
HB1282 Revision: 39777 Date: Dec. 6, 2023, 12:40 p.m.

Docket


May 23, 2024: Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/23/2024; SJ 14


May 22, 2024: Special Order to 05/23/2024, Without Objection, MA; 05/22/2024 SJ 14


May 21, 2024: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 05/22/2024, Vote 7-0; SC 20A


May 9, 2024: Ought to Pass: MA, VV; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 05/15/2024; SJ 12


May 9, 2024: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 05/16/2024; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 19


April 18, 2024: Hearing: 04/23/2024, Room 100, SH, 01:00 pm; SC 16


April 16, 2024: Introduced 04/11/2024 and Referred to Judiciary; SJ 10


April 11, 2024: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2024-1186h: MA VV 04/11/2024 HJ 11


April 11, 2024: Amendment # 2024-1186h: AA VV 04/11/2024 HJ 11


March 29, 2024: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2024-1186h 03/28/2024 (Vote 23-0; RC) HC 14 P. 9


March 21, 2024: Executive Session: 03/26/2024 01:00 pm LOB 210-211


March 12, 2024: Division Work Session: 03/22/2024 12:00 pm LOB 210-211


March 12, 2024: Division Work Session: 03/18/2024 12:00 pm LOB 210-211


March 7, 2024: Division Work Session: 03/11/2024 01:00 pm LOB 210-211


Feb. 28, 2024: Division Work Session: 03/06/2024 03:30 pm LOB 210-211


Feb. 22, 2024: Referred to Finance 02/22/2024 HJ 6


Feb. 22, 2024: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2024-0453h: MA VV 02/22/2024 HJ 6


Feb. 22, 2024: Amendment # 2024-0453h: AA VV 02/22/2024 HJ 6


Feb. 9, 2024: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2024-0453h 02/06/2024 (Vote 13-0; RC)


Jan. 24, 2024: Executive Session: 02/06/2024 10:35 am LOB 206-208


Jan. 5, 2024: Public Hearing: 01/09/2024 02:30 pm LOB 206-208


Dec. 6, 2023: Introduced 01/03/2024 and referred to Children and Family Law HJ 1