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Divorce

Divorce Attorneys in New Hampshire

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Divorce is one of the most delicate areas of the law. Even the least complicated, most amicable divorce case involves complex legal processes that require the assistance of an experienced attorney. Additionally, attorneys must offer more than legal advice. We understand that the decisions made during your divorce case will inform the outlook of the rest of your life.

Upton & Hatfield, LLP has provided legal assistance to people throughout New Hampshire for over 100 years, and can use our experience to provide you with guidance and support throughout your case. Contact us today to discuss your needs with our divorce lawyers in New Hampshire.

To schedule a consultation with our legal team, complete our contact form or call (603) 716-9777.

How Do I File for Divorce?

The processes for filing for divorce vary between each state. To file for divorce in the state of New Hampshire, a couple or individual can file a petition that expresses their desire to divorce. If one spouse does not participate in the initial filing, they will receive the individual divorce petition from the other party and will be informed about the next steps of their case. The initial filing procedures can be completed even if the couple has disagreements about property division, child custody, or other matters. Those details will be sorted out as the case progresses.

Upon filing for divorce, each spouse must provide financial information and general details about themselves and their marriage. If a couple has minor children, they must complete additional forms that describe their parenting plan and other information. Divorcing couples that have disagreements about the details of their divorce may need to complete mediation proceedings or appear in court.

Divorce vs. Legal Separation

In some cases, legal separation is a better option for a couple than divorce. Legal separation differs from divorce because rather than a complete dissolution of the marriage, it is a less permanent agreement that still allows a couple to establish distance. However, legal separation must still be officially established and does involve a filing process as well as potential further litigation.

Is New Hampshire a No-Fault Divorce State?

Yes, New Hampshire is a no-fault divorce state. This means that, when filing for divorce, a couple does not need to cite any specific reason for dissolving their marriage. Marriages in no-fault divorce states may be terminated based on “irreconcilable differences,” which means that the couple has reached a point of disagreement that cannot be repaired. No-fault divorces may be less complicated than divorces that rely on the establishment of fault.

Although citing a reason for divorce is not necessary in the state of New Hampshire, cases can be filed with a specific reason as the focus. A couple may divorce based on reasons such as infidelity, abandonment, addiction, criminal activity, abuse, cruelty, and other reasons. Fault-based cases can be complex, but may give one spouse more leverage in disputes such as property division and custody battles.

Assistance During Every Step of Your Case

At Upton & Hatfield, LLP, our divorce attorneys in New Hampshire can help you throughout the entire divorce process. The litigation involved with resolving a divorce case goes well beyond the initial filing. Every divorce case is different, and some cases may involve complex disagreements that require mediation and extensive litigation to resolve.

Once a couple agrees to a divorce, they must determine how property will be distributed, how the custody of any children will be granted, and if the payment of alimony and child support will be necessary. Our legal team can provide advice on these matters and will work with you to resolve disagreements.

Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation

Our team understands the legal and emotional complexities of divorce cases. We are prepared to guide you through the legal processes of your divorce case while providing support at every step.

Send us a message or call (603) 716-9777 for a consultation with our New Hampshire divorce attorneys.

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