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Coping financially following a New Hampshire divorce

No couple in New Hampshire has a perfect relationship. While disagreements and conflict are a normal part of married life, some couples' issues go deeper than these expected struggles. While many can work through their problems, others often accept that a divorce may be the only option to a happier life.

Unfortunately, some couples may choose to stay together because of their finances. A divorce will admittedly have an impact on a person's overall financial state; maintaining two residences is in itself an added expense. However, no one should be forced to stay in a miserable relationship because of their finances.

Will changes in alimony provisions affect your divorce?

Perhaps you have been considering divorce for some time. You and your spouse may have spoken openly about it, but, for whatever reason, decided to put it off. Like many higher-earning spouses in New Hampshire, you may have expected that you would pay your spouse alimony, at least for a few years, until he or she found a way to live independently of your financial support.

After all, this seems a fair exchange if your spouse gave up a career to stay home and care for the children while you became successful in your profession. Besides, alimony is a tax break, something you can deduct each year, which not only makes it palatable, but even gives you incentive to be generous to your spouse. However, all those perks may be changing by the end of this year.

Don't feel rushed to make post-divorce living arrangements

Ending a New Hampshire marriage requires a considerable investment of time and energy. There are many decisions to be made and seemingly very little time to make life-altering choices. When it comes to deciding where to live after a divorce, it's important to avoid rushing into a decision that can have lasting ramifications. 

Some spouses feel compelled to get a jump on their post-divorce life by making sweeping changes. Housing options, however, should never be rushed. Be sure to take the time to make a decision that is good for the long-term and not just an impulsive solution to an immediate need. It takes some time to settle into life as a single person once a divorce is finalized. Only then is it advisable to begin working to find a new long-term home.  

Child custody decision reversed for second time

Although a divorce in New Hampshire can be an emotionally stressful time for everyone involved, many parents are able to maintain enough of a positive relationship to continue making decisions for their children together. However, this isn't always the case. Often, the relationship is so damaged that parents are unable to coparent together. Such appears to be the case for a former couple in another state whose child custody case has twice been remanded to a lower court.

The case involves a custody battle between two parents who apparently shared custody of their children. In April, an appeals court sent the case back to circuit court with instructions for the judge to decide which parent should have custody and how much child support the other parent should pay. According the the appeal court's ruling, the relationship between the two parents was in such discord that a shared parenting arrangement was not feasible.

Seeking child custody through alternative dispute resolution

In New Hampshire, couples often plan their lives together. They decide to get married and have children with the intention that they will spend the rest of their lives together. However, people and circumstances change as time passes, often leaving couples no longer compatible. Although they may no longer be suited to remain in a romantic relationship, they will have to continue to make decisions, including those involving child custody.

Because of some of the negative emotions that are associated with the end of a relationship, many parents may have difficulty seeing eye to eye. This may be especially true about such important decisions like in whose care children will be. Typically, a conversation about custody begins with the idea that children's time will be split evenly between parents.

Simplifying divorce in New Hampshire

When a couple walks down the aisle, they likely do so with the conviction that they will spend the rest of their lives together. However, as time passes, people who were once perfect for each other find that they are no longer compatible. While a divorce can be a difficult and lengthy process, couples in New Hampshire who are willing to work together cooperatively can often reduce the length of the process as well as some of the expense often associated with the end of a marriage.

Once the decision to divorce is made, couples must start thinking about how assets will be divided. Generally, any assets obtained during the marriage are considered marital property. Having copies of documents related to tax returns, loan applications, credit card statements and banking information, among others, can help provide an overview of the couple's financial situation.

What to expect in a New Hampshire court when litigating custody

As one of many New Hampshire parents who have already filed for divorce this year, you may currently have a few concerns regarding what actual proceedings will be like in court. If you had hoped to avoid a courtroom altogether but soon determined that would not be possible, you may be wondering what to expect in litigation and how best to prepare yourself. As a good parent, you undoubtedly want what is best for your children. In this state, the court generally believes this includes a shared parenting arrangement.

Understanding the court's perspective before heading to proceedings may help you keep stress levels to a minimum as you navigate the system. It's also a good idea to familiarize yourself with various legal terms regarding child custody and other issues that New Hampshire uses, which may vary in other states. In short, if you know your rights ahead of time and arm yourself with as much information and support as possible, you stand a good chance of achieving a fair and agreeable settlement.

Family law: Couple disagree over embryo custody

When people in New Hampshire choose to end their marriage, there are several decisions that must be made. In some cases where couples have utilized in vitro fertilization, what happens to frozen embryos is often a complicated aspect of family law. Many couples have an agreement in place when they create the embryos, but several cases have found their way to court.

One out-of-state couple agreed when they went through the process that the courts would decide the fate of the embryos should their marriage end in divorce. Reports indicate that the couple married in 2002 and had three children together using IVF. However, when they decided to divorce in 2014, they still had six frozen embryos remaining. The husband did not want any other children while the wife claimed that the embryos were the only way to achieve the larger family she desires.

Actress Morena Baccarin, ex-husband settle child custody dispute

When parents in New Hampshire end their romantic relationship, it is sometimes difficult for them to agree on what is in their child's best interest. Negotiations regarding a divorce and child custody can be even more difficult when the couple is in the public spotlight. Fortunately, actress Morena Baccarin and her ex-husband were recently able to come to an agreement regarding the custody of their son.

The couple married in Nov. 2011 but separated in June 2015. While the parents were granted joint custody in 2015, it was determined that the child would with spend most of his time with Baccarin. In fact, she and the boy moved across the country where her show was being filmed.

Did money disappear from your account after filing for divorce?

Hopefully, you have a strong support network in place as you navigate divorce proceedings. You are likely not the first person who has filed for divorce in a New Hampshire court this month, nor will you be the last. However, no two situations are exactly the same, so the challenges you face will be different than another person's. The trick is to get through it all with the least amount of stress possible.

Sometimes, that's easier said than done, especially if you suspect your spouse is squirreling away money. Hiding marital assets is a major problem with which many divorcing New Hampshire residents contend. If you learn how to recognize the signs of possible trouble ahead of time and know where to turn for help in such situations, you may be able to rectify the problem before it gets out of hand.