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The Divorce Process in New Hampshire

A divorce can be a stressful and overwhelming time for couples, even when it is wanted by both people. There are many decisions to be made and each one can be life-altering for the parties involved. It is important to go about the divorce process with a clear idea of what to expect and what the possible outcome may be. The Law Office of Joseph M. Annutto has skilled attorneys who can negotiate on your behalf and who will fight to protect your rights and assets as a divorce moves forward.

In New Hampshire, a fault or no-fault divorce can be pursued, but most are filed as no-fault. A fault divorce is harder to pursue and certain criteria must be met, such as proving adultery, cruelty, or abandonment. New Hampshire also has a residency requirement of up to one year before someone can file for divorce in the state.

Reaching a Settlement

The methods of reaching a divorce settlement can be varied and can include negotiation, mediation, collaborative law, and litigation.

The most common issues that need to be decided can include:

  • Property division
  • Spousal support and alimony
  • Parenting issues
  • Child support
  • Retirement accounts and investments

With skilled negotiations, many of the details of a divorce can be worked out quickly and privately. Prenuptial agreements or postnuptial agreements will be reviewed and applied. Negotiations may help couples reach an equitable division of property. Not all property can be split down the middle. If an agreement about the fate of property, such as a house, cannot be negotiated to agreement, a judge will listen to both sides and make a decision.

Finalizing the Divorce

The timeline of the entire process can vary depending on the unique situation of each couple. If a couple has few assets to divide, no children, and both want the divorce, it can be few months before finalization. If it is a high net-worth divorce or there are complicated child custody issues, the divorce process can take much longer. For many, mediation and collaborative law can provide speedy results all parties are comfortable with but litigation may be needed for others.

Regardless of the best method and timeline of the divorce process, you need insightful and practical guidance. You also need an attorney by your side who can remain focused on your case and clear-headed about how to proceed. The Law Office of Joseph M. Annutto has the supportive environment and understanding needed to pursue a divorce that addresses your needs and secures your rights. Our firm knows what all may be at stake and will take the time to investigate your situation and fight for the resolution you need. We know no two divorces are alike. This is why you can count on us to provide continuous support. Our firm can give your case the individual attention it requires so you can move forward after a divorce.

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