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Derry Divorce Lawyers

Family Law Attorneys Assisting Derry Residents Divorce

Derry is a town in Rockingham County with a population of approximately 33,000 residents. In fact, it is the fourth-most populated community in New Hampshire. Some of the sites for which it is famous include the Adams Memorial Opera House, the Derry Historical Society & Museum, and the Robert Frost Farm, which is designated as a National Historic Landmark. However, sometimes people in Derry find that they need to end a marriage. There are few life experiences that are more stressful and emotionally draining than a divorce. If you or someone close to you is going through a divorce, it is important to reach out to a skilled Derry divorce lawyer who can protect your interests. At Tenn And Tenn, P.A., we have helped many New Hampshire residents resolve their family law matters, and we can help you as well.

The Procedures Surrounding a Divorce

When it comes to divorce, New Hampshire is a mixed state, meaning that you can use either no-fault or fault grounds as the basis for seeking a divorce. A no-fault divorce simply seeks a divorce on the basis of “irreconcilable differences,” which just means that the marriage has broken down beyond the point of repair. You may also file for divorce based on fault if you can establish that your spouse was guilty of adultery, physical or mental cruelty, alcohol abuse, or abandonment for more than two years.

New Hampshire law mandates that certain residency requirements be met before a person can file for divorce. To file for divorce in the state, the filing spouse must have been a New Hampshire resident for at least one year before filing for divorce, and you may file your petition in the county where either spouse lives. It is important to note that there is no waiting period for divorce in New Hampshire; the court will finalize the divorce and enter a divorce decree once the spouse proves the grounds, whether it is fault-based or no-fault. Our divorce attorneys can assist Derry residents with filing the petition and the other procedures.

Marital property refers to any property, including income and real property, that was acquired over the course of the marriage. New Hampshire is an equitable distribution state, which means that courts presume that marital property should be divided 50-50. However, the court will listen to arguments from both sides about why a different division may be fairer. The court can consider several factors, such as each spouse’s education and earning potential, their financial resources, and the needs of a parent who has custody of children, and it can adjust the division of property according to what it deems fair, even if this is not necessarily exactly equal.

In any divorce proceeding, child custody can be a difficult and emotionally charged issue. Like other states, New Hampshire presumes that it is best for a child to have frequent and continuing contact with both parents even after a divorce. As a result, joint custody arrangements are highly favored. However, either parent can rebut this presumption. Our Derry divorce attorneys can advocate for your interests and advise you on which custody arrangement is likely to be approved by the court.

Under state law, all custody determinations are based on the “best interest of the child” standard. This is a standard that gives a court broad discretion to consider any factor that may be relevant to the child’s overall health, safety, and development. Some examples of factors that the court will typically consider include each parent’s relationship with the child, the child’s age, the child’s wishes, and each parent’s willingness and ability to co-parent.

Contact a Knowledgeable Divorce Lawyer in Derry

While divorce is undoubtedly difficult, the goal of the process is to make sure that your long-term interests are protected. With nearly 20 years of experience, the attorneys at Tenn And Tenn are committed to helping New Hampshire clients navigate this difficult time in their life. You can rest assured that we are here to guard your rights at every step of the way. To discuss your case in more detail, call us at 888-511-1010 or 603-624-3700. Alternatively, you can reach us online through our website.

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From the very first phone call with Tenn And Tenn, until the day my motorcycle accident case was settled, John and his terrific staff have been nothing short of amazing. The motorcycle accident lawyers at Tenn And Tenn are the best injury lawyers in New Hampshire. They updated me frequently on the status of my case, answered all my question and made me feel comfortable every step of the way. Mark P.
Jim Tenn is unlike any other lawyer you will meet. I first met Jim when my life was falling apart... Jim worked tirelessly for me, and on behalf of my two children to get the best possible results in a case fraught with difficulties and unnecessary complications. At what is undoubtedly the lowest point in your life, you need someone who has your back and protects your interests while you're frantically trying to keep things together. Jim Tenn is the man to hire. H.E.
Jim is an excellent and very thorough divorce attorney who examined every possible aspect of my case. I found his knowledge of the law and his courtroom capabilities to be outstanding. He deserves the reputation that he has as one of New Hampshire Super Lawyers. It is very comforting having an attorney whom you can trust during difficult personal issues. Jim Tenn is that lawyer. Thank you for all your help Jim. Anne