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Divorce in New Hampshire: The Basics

In New Hampshire, a couple may divorce if they both live in New Hampshire or if one spouse has lived in New Hampshire for at least one year. A spouse may file for a no-fault divorce or may state one of thirteen separate grounds for at-fault divorce, such as extreme cruelty or abandonment.

A New Hampshire divorce begins when one spouse serves the other with a Libel for Divorce, which is a court document explaining that a divorce is being sought, the grounds for the divorce, and what assets and children the couple has. It will include the date on which an answer to the Libel for Divorce is due. The answer explains the other spouse’s side of the divorce dispute. The Libel for Divorce may also include the date and time for a hearing.

The amount of time it takes for a New Hampshire divorce to become final varies, depending on the couple’s disputes and whether they have any children. An uncontested divorce with no children may be granted in as little as three months, while a hotly disputed divorce with children may take a year or more.

The New Hampshire courts strongly recommend that anyone served with a Libel for Divorce or appearing in court for divorce-related matters consult an experienced New Hampshire divorce lawyer. A divorce attorney will help you understand your legal rights, options, obligations, and will protect your interests in court. Even couples who do not have any disputes should consult separate lawyers to ensure each person’s individual rights and needs are addressed.

The experienced New Hampshire divorce lawyers at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. can help you navigate even the most hotly contested issues. They will listen carefully to your needs and fight to ensure your side is heard. For a free consultation, contact Tenn And Tenn, P.A. today at (888) 332-5855.

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