Looking for New Hampshire’s rules on marriage, divorce, child custody, and child support? Want to find New Hampshire’s state court forms and instructions and local court websites? Here’s where to start. For a wide range of other articles on family law in New Hampshire, see the Resources by State section on this site.
Alimony is financial support paid by one spouse to the other for living expenses and reasonable necessities after a divorce. In New Hampshire, the court will make an order for alimony if it finds that three things are true:
There are times in life when it's hard to see the forest for the trees, but never more so than when you're getting divorced. You know it's in your best interest not to prolong things and drive up your expenses, but you're preoccupied with feelings of anger, regret, and sadness, so you're tempted to do things you might not ordinarily do. The result? An ugly, protracted divorce.
What is an annulment and why would someone want one? Like a divorce, an annulment is a court procedure that dissolves, or ends, a marriage. An annulment is different from a divorce in that an annulment treats the marriage like it never happened. Some people still think divorce carries a stigma, so they would rather have their marriage annulled than get a divorce.
If you are getting divorced in New Hampshire, you should learn about what property you get to keep and what you have to split with your spouse. You also want to know who will be responsible for any marital debts?
When divorcing parents in New Hampshire disagree about custody or visitation, the court has the power to appoint a guardian ad litem (GAL) to represent the interests of the children and report to the court as to what arrangements would serve them best.
If you are getting divorced in New Hampshire, you are likely wondering whether you can get spousal support, also referred to as alimony. The answer is yes, but only if you meet the eligibility requirements of New Hampshire law. Although there was a time when alimony was routinely awarded to women, that's no longer the case.
It’s like a broken record. Two parents who were in a committed relationship or marriage break up. Then they argue about money, year after miserable year, until their children grow up and become financially independent. Worst of all, the parent who feels more hurt or embittered may try to get even with
When a marriage is breaking down, it may make sense for one spouse to move out of the marital home to protect the physical or emotional health of family members. Such a move can be a first step toward counseling and possible reconciliation or, if the marriage can't be saved, toward filing for divorce.