Are You Filing For Divorce In New Hampshire?
At Manzi, Seccareccio & Merwin, P.C., our attorneys handle family law matters for both Massachusetts and residents of southern New Hampshire.
Understanding Divorce Laws In New Hampshire
There are some differences between New Hampshire and Massachusetts divorce laws. In many aspects, divorce laws are more favorable for New Hampshire residents, particularly in terms of the amount of time it takes to complete a divorce.
If there are few or no contested issues, New Hampshire’s more streamlined process often allows us to complete a divorce within six to eight months, rather than the 12 to 14 months it routinely takes in Massachusetts.
What You Should Know
In order to file for divorce in New Hampshire, both parties must live in the state or the party who files for divorce must live in New Hampshire for a minimum of one year. A third possibility is the petitioner lives in New Hampshire and the other party can be served with divorce papers in New Hampshire.
Protecting Your Rights And Interests
At our firm, we bring the same personal approach and commitment to our clients’ best interest that we provide to our Massachusetts family law clients. We will protect your rights and help you navigate the decisions that must be made, including those regarding:
Child Custody And Parenting Plans
New Hampshire courts favor having both parents remain engaged in a child’s life unless there are reasons not to do so.
Financial Support For A Child
New Hampshire follows a child support calculator that considers both parents’ income, the number of children and other factors. Deviations from this formula are possible when warranted.
Spousal support in New Hampshire does not follow a formula like child support does. The amount and duration of support one party may be ordered to pay another varies significantly. The courts review a number of factors, including the length of the marriage, the age and health of both parties, the ability of both parties to earn a living, fault or specific grounds for divorce, and any special needs or circumstances that existed when the parties were married.
Modifications Of Existing Orders
Because life changes occur following divorce, it may be necessary to modify existing orders. We help our New Hampshire clients navigate the modifications process.
Schedule A Free Consultation Today
Schedule an appointment today with an experienced lawyer. We offer a free initial consultation to all new clients. You can reach us by phone at our Lowell office at 978-703-8517 or in Woburn at 781-304-8864. You can also send us an email via our online contact form.