Divorce and other domestic relations issues can be extremely stressful for the parties involved. Tenn And Tenn is comprised of lawyers who, for nearly three decades, have helped clients across New Hampshire through difficult times. If you are going through a divorce or have another family law issue, call Tenn And Tenn. Our lawyers are experienced with high asset divorce cases and have handled complex cases throughout New Hampshire.
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 can be stressful, our firm strives to make the divorce process understandable and manageable.
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:
- Both parties live in New Hampshire
- The party filing for divorce has lived in New Hampshire for one year;
- 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 equitable. However, the court may consider several factors and adjust the division of property. As property division is an important outcome of a divorce, a divorce proceeding should be represented by a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.
Another major issue in divorce is whether to award alimony. Alimony, also called spousal support, can take the form of a lump sum, periodic payments, or both. Having an experienced lawyer on your side will help protect your rights when it comes to alimony or spousal support payments.
Parental Rights & Responsibility / Child Support
For couples who have children, resolving parenting issues is essential. In New Hampshire, the circumstances regarding how and where the children will live are referred to as parental rights and responsibilities. Parental rights and responsibilities include decision making, residential responsibilities, and parenting schedule. The court handling the divorce must enter an order that makes an order for the parental rights and responsibilities, either by approval of an agreement of the parties or by considering evidence and arguments submitted by the parties at hearing or trial.
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.
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