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People enter into marriage with the hope that their marriage will happily last for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, the reality is around half of all marriages end in divorce. Divorce is not just the end of your emotional and familial connections. It is the end of a financial partnership between two adults. You and your spouse may have shared assets or supported each other's careers.

Ending a marriage is not as simple as walking away from the relationship. It is an incredibly difficult part of family law. It takes legal proceedings to finalize the process. The court needs to formally dissolve your marriage and, in doing so, needs to enter a decree of divorce or legal separation that addresses the division of your marital assets. If you have children, the divorce process will also involve determining the fate of their custody.

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    These pressing financial and parenting matters make it imperative that you have qualified Dover divorce attorneys on your side. Our experienced divorce attorneys at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. are here to help. Attorneys Sarah Lavoie and Christine Rockefeller have extensive experience and can help you every step of the way.

    What are the divorce laws in New Hampshire?

    In New Hampshire, both "fault" and "no fault" divorces are recognized. No fault divorce is essentially a divorce based on irreconcilable differences, such as the spouses simply not getting along any longer. Acts such as adultery, abuse, and abandonment are grounds for a fault divorce. If one party is able to prove these claims are legitimate, it will stand up in court.

    In a divorce, the parties involved have to divide up their assets and provide for parenting rights and responsibilities of any children involved. Decisions about whether child support or spousal support (known as alimony) will be made must be discussed.

    If the parties and associated counsel are able to come to an agreement, this can save a significant amount of time and money. The family court will then only have to sign off on whatever agreement was made and the marriage will be dissolved. This is why it is incredibly advantageous for a divorcing couple to work out their issues and separation terms outside of court, sometimes utilizing the mediation process.

    We can help coach those decisions

    The experienced attorneys at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. are here to help resolve the issues that are holding back the dissolving of your marriage so you can recover and move on with your life. If you are unable to agree on a decision, the court will be asked to step in and make decisions during the divorce litigation. Each side will then be able to present their case for their wishes, and the court will rely on rules and guidelines set forth by New Hampshire's divorce laws to determine the best course of action. For instance, parenting rights and responsibilities are initially decided by considering the best interests of the child, while property decisions are made based on equitable distribution rules.

    A Portland divorce attorney at our firm can assist you in divorce litigations. We can explain your legal rights, and how we can advocate for you. To learn more, contact us for a free consultation.

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