Domestic Relations

Divorce and Family Law in New Hampshire

Divorce and other domestic relations issues can be extremely stressful for the parties involved. Tenn And Tenn, P.A. is comprised of New Hampshire family law lawyers who, for nearly two decades, have helped clients from across New Hampshire through difficult familial times. If you are going through a divorce or have another family law issue, call Tenn And Tenn. We strive to offer immediate assistance and are often available on short notice.

Divorce is Common

Being divorced is a fact of life for many Americans: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 25 million Americans have been married two or more times. Although the divorce process is stressful, the goal of domestic relations legal proceedings is to ensure the long-term happiness of all parties involved.

Divorce in New Hampshire

There is a simple residency requirement for filing for divorce in New Hampshire. If one of the following is true, a person can file for divorce in this state: (1) Both parties live in New Hampshire; or (2) the party filing for divorce has lived in New Hampshire for one year; or (3) the party filing for divorce lives in New Hampshire, and the spouse can be served with divorce papers in New Hampshire.

Once a Petition for Divorce is filed, the court must make several important determinations. One of these is a division of the assets of the marriage. As with most issues related to divorce, the parties can agree to a division of assets, or the court can make a determination based on evidence and arguments provided by counsel. New Hampshire law requires that the court start with the presumption that a 50-50 division of assets is the most equitable outcome. However, the court may consider several factors and adjust the division of property with the aim of creating the most equitable distribution under the circumstances. As property division is one of the most important outcomes of a divorce — after matters related to children — it is important that a party to a divorce proceeding be represented by a knowledgeable and experienced NH divorce attorney.

One of the other major issues facing the court is whether to award alimony or spousal support to one of the parties. Alimony or spousal support can take the form of a lump sum, periodic payments, or both. Having an experienced family law lawyer on your side will help protect your rights when it comes to alimony or spousal support payments.

Child Custody and Support

For couples who have children, resolving issues related to those children is the most important aspect of any divorce. In New Hampshire, the circumstances regarding how and where the children will live are referred to as parental rights and responsibilities, rather than custody. Parental rights and responsibilities include decision making, residential responsibilities, and parenting schedule. The court handling the divorce must enter an order that distributes the parental rights and responsibilities, either by conceding to an agreement of the parties or by considering evidence and arguments submitted by the parties.

In New Hampshire, both parents are responsible for supporting and providing for their children. When a couple divorces, the court may order one parent to pay the other parent money in order to support any children. These payments are called child support. Child support payments are calculated by a formula that is the same for all divorces and depends on the number of children.

Experienced Family Law Lawyers

No matter the circumstances of your divorce or other domestic relations issues, at Tenn And Tenn we have the experience to help you protect your rights and your loved ones. If you are going through a divorce and need help, call us today to set up a consultation with one of our New Hampshire family law attorneys by calling (603) 624-3700 or completing our online contact form.

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