Division of Child Support Services
The Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) announces that the 2016 Child Support Guidelines have been published and the online Child Support Calculator updated. The guidelines assist with determining child support obligation amounts and are adjusted annually April 1 to accommodate changes in federal tax standards and the federal poverty standard of need. The DCSS online Calculator will now permit entry of combined monthly gross income amounts to $175,009, up from $160,009.
DCSS Southern Office
The Southern District Office (DO) in Nashua is currently closed until further notice, due to water damage. Staff continue to work on customers' cases, but are unable to meet with customers in their temporary location at this time. You may continue to contact your Southern DO Child Support worker by calling the worker's direct line or the DO main line at 603-883-7726. Workers are retrieving voice mail messages and returning calls. You may fax information to them with a fax cover sheet clearly stating Southern DO Child Support to 603-271-4872. As always you may contact the DCSS Central Information Unit by calling 1-800-852-3345 ext 4427 or 603-271-4427 or by sending an email. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time.
Earned Income Tax Credit
EITC can be a boost to you, your family and community. Anyone with earnings of $54,000 or less should see if they qualify or visit a volunteer tax assistance site.
DCSS Manchester Office
Beginning September 8, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services will relocate Manchester District Office operations from the current McGregor Street location, due to circumstances beyond the Department's control. While the Department continues to pursue a long-term location in Manchester, District Office staff will relocate to other DHHS offices temporarily.
Moving without a permanent location is going to present challenges. The Department's main focus during this transition is to minimize the impact of this move on everyone served in the Manchester DO.
Division of Child Support Services staff will work out of other DHHS buildings in the area. While the physical address for staff will change, the mailing address and all phone numbers for Manchester DO staff will remain unchanged.
We are working to ensure that everyone we serve continues to receive services in the timely and professional manner they have come to expect from the Manchester DO staff. We understand that there will be inconveniences due to these circumstances and we are committed to making this move as seamless as possible. We thank you for your patience during this difficult transition.
You will find much information about Child Support and our services on these DCSS web pages. If you need to contact us, please click on 'Contact Child Support Services' from this screen to find out how.
Every child has a right to be supported by both parents, even if the parents are divorced, separated or never married. In New Hampshire, the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) helps families establish and/or enforce support orders - both medical and financial.
DCSS Child Support Worker and Attorney Responsibilities: The DCSS Attorney or Child Support worker assigned to your case represents the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (Department) and does not represent you or your child(ren). The DCSS attorney or worker acts on behalf of the Department to establish paternity; to establish, enforce, and modify child and medical support orders; and (if applicable) to obtain repayment for TANF provided for your child(ren).
Assignment of Rights to Current Child Support: If you receive public assistance in the form of a TANF cash grant, you are required to cooperate with DCSS in establishing and enforcing support. Some medical assistance programs also require you to cooperate with DCSS. So long as you are receiving benefits, DCSS will retain support collected on behalf of the dependents to reimburse the assistance paid to you.
Upon receipt of a completed application, from either party, even if one party does not live in NH, DCSS can provide the following services:
- Locate the payor.
- Paternity (legal fatherhood) if necessary. It may be established voluntarily with an Affidavit of Paternity (available from DCSS, the hospital where the child was born, or the town clerk's office) or DCSS may arrange genetic testing to assist in establishing paternity.
- Support orders through NH courts. Orders include:
- Financial support based on the Child Support Guidelines per NH Statute RSA 458-C.
- Medical support based on Reasonable Cost as described in RSA 458:C3,V as being 4% of gross income.
- Enforce legal orders
- Through administrative actions such as income withholding orders, federal tax offsets, License Revocation, Credit Bureau reporting, liens on assets, intercepting lottery winnings and preventing the issuance of passports.
- Work with the courts to enforce orders when the payor does not comply with a support order.
- When enforcing an order, DCSS will determine the best actions to be taken.
- Disburse support collected on behalf of the dependents in a support case
- Payments received for the monthly support obligation and any arrears owed to the family will be released to the family within two business days.
- Modifications can only be processed by the court. DCSS can assist in reviewing the order to determine if the amount is appropriate for both parties. The exact services provided by DCSS may vary depending on the individual case.
Upon receipt of an application for child support services, DCSS will work with other states to perform the same services listed above when the payor does not live in NH.
How do I get an application for child support services?
Applications may be requested through email (please indicate "Application Request" in the subject line and include your full name and mailing address in body of email; or contact your local DHHS District Office.
$25 Annual Fee: Beginning each fiscal year on October 1st, an Annual Service Fee of $25.00 is deducted from payments received in your case(s) after $500.00 has been collected and disbursed to you. The fee is not charged if you have ever received TANF Public Assistance on behalf of the dependents in your care. If you have multiple cases, the fee is charged in each case.
Answers to many of your questions can found throughout this website. If you are unable to find answers to your questions, you may contact a Central Information Unit representative by email for further assistance. Please provide the purpose of your email in the subject line. If you are emailing regarding your specific case, please include the full name of all members in the case, your full mailing address and contact information along with the last four digits of your social security number within the body of the email.
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