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The Four Steps of Filing for Divorce in New Hampshire

Going through a divorce is a difficult time in anyone’s life — trying to navigate the legal process can prove to be a complicated process if you’re doing it alone. If you’re seeking a divorce in New Hampshire, it is best to work with an experienced divorce attorney who can help you in this new chapter of your life. Continue reading to learn more about the divorce process in New Hampshire

Navigating the Divorce Process in New Hampshire

Issues that will need to be resolved during the course of the divorce:

1. Once you’ve decided to file for divorce, it is important to take a few things into consideration.

  1. Under what grounds do you plan to file? New Hampshire is commonly a ‘no-fault’ divorce state, meaning no one is at fault for the dissolution of the marriage, and you have decided to get divorced because of differences that can not be repaired. If there is a reason you wish to seek a divorce, you will have to have evidence ready to prove that reason. 
  2. Will there be children involved during this process? If so, you’ll need to take special consideration for how you wish to proceed. Issues will be parenting time as well as child support and other expenses related to the costs of raising children. There will be a mandatory parenting class as well.
  3. Do you have any assets or debts that you’ll need to split? Have you considered what you’ll want to leave the marriage with? Is alimony an issue? Who will continue to reside in the marital home, if anyone?

2. Filing the petition 

You’ll file the petition at the Clerk of Court’s office in the family division that covers the area where you live. You’ll need to submit the original document signed and notarized. This is also when you will pay the filing fee. 

3. Orders of Notice Scheduling 

A few weeks after submitting your petition for divorce, you’ll receive paperwork in the mail with instructions on serving your partner with divorce papers. This paperwork will also include instructions for the next steps. What happens next depends upon the circumstances of your particular case. If you have children, if you have filed under particular grounds, or if you and your partner are in disagreement about how to split your debts or assets, are all things that will affect what happens next. 

4. Hire an Experienced Divorce Attorney

Having an experienced attorney on your side will help the divorce process much easier on you. This can be a confusing and difficult time in your life, so having a professional navigating the confusing legal process for you can ensure you make the best decision possible for yourself and your family. 

If you are ready to work with an experienced divorce lawyer in New Hampshire, schedule a consultation with Seufert Law. Our experienced attorneys will help you through every step of the process and always have your best interest at heart.