Dover Divorce Attorneys
Working on Behalf of New Hampshire & Maine Families
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At Wyskiel, Boc, Tillinghast & Bolduc, P.A., our lawyers have handled all kinds of family-related claims for clients in New Hampshire and throughout New England, and we understand how emotionally charged they can be. Going through a divorce can be stressful and overwhelming, which is why hiring a lawyer who can help you move through the proceedings and address disputes in a calm manner can be beneficial. Divorce is also handled differently based on state—our Dover divorce attorneys have a thorough understanding of how New Hampshire treats divorce and is able to educate you about your options and any hurdles you may face.
Reach out to us online to schedule a case evaluation or call (603) 742-5222. Our family lawyers have helped countless families throughout New England settle their disputes efficiently.
Contested Vs. Uncontested Divorce
Couples can seek divorce in New Hampshire when they wish to legally end their marriage, though it requires a lot more than just signing a sheet of paper. There are numerous things you and your spouse must agree on, from the division of your assets to assigning child custody if you have children. Because a lot of emotion is involved in these proceedings, it’s common for couples to disagree on certain parts of their divorce.
The main difference between a contested and uncontested divorce is whether the couple has irreconcilable differences. In most cases, a couple has a contested divorce when they disagree on any part of the division of their assets—this will almost certainly require going to court. An uncontested divorce, also referred to as an amicable divorce, is simple but rarer, as it requires the couple to agree on every aspect of their proceedings.
How Do I File for Divorce in New Hampshire?
In New Hampshire, if you and your spouse agree to start a divorce, you can begin filing with a joint petition, which asks for basic information about you and your spouse, including your date of marriage, address, and names of your children.
After filing your petition, you’ll have to fill out the following forms throughout the divorce proceedings:
- Parenting plan
- Court mediation forms
- Vital statistics form
- Child impact seminar information
- Mandatory discovery
- Settlement agreement
- Uniform support order and child support guidelines
Below our team has provided a list of common questions we get asked by clients. We’re more than happy to answer additional and more specific questions that apply to your impending divorce when you call us to schedule a consultation—when you call our firm, you can expect to meet directly with a lawyer who can offer you personalized guidance.
Our family law team works hard on behalf of our clients to give them secure and happier futures. Call our New England divorce attorneys to schedule your case evaluation at (603) 742-5222.
How long does the divorce process take?
The amount of time it’ll take to finalize your divorce will depend on multiple factors, including your location and whether you have any disagreements with your spouse. If you’re in a contested divorce and arguing over estates or child custody, divorce can go on for months and sometimes years.
Can I get divorced without going to court?
Yes! In most places, you can avoid court proceedings and fees by going with divorce mediation, which involves a neutral third-party meeting with the couple to help them settle any disputes and draft a settlement agreement. If your divorce is uncontested, it’s possible for you to finalize your divorce without ever having to appear in court.
What is alimony and how can I receive it?
Alimony, also defined by some states as “spousal support” or “maintenance,” refers to the payments that one spouse is required to make to the other. Alimony payments were implemented as a part of the divorce to establish equal financial grounds for a couple. You may be able to be awarded alimony if the judge determines you’ve demonstrated financial need and there’s considerably unequal earning power between you and your spouse.
Does the mother usually get child custody in a divorce?
One of the most common misconceptions of divorce today is that the courts will always award custody to the mother, which makes sense considering this was the norm in the past. However, the law no longer assumes that mothers are the better parents. The courts take multiple factors into consideration when determining what is in the best interests of the child, such as your income and whether you have a history of abuse or addiction.