Every state has its own laws relating to the dissolution of marriage. These statutes govern how a legal divorce is defined, the acceptable grounds, and the required procedures to finalize the divorce process.

No waiting period exists for granting a divorce in New Hampshire. However, the person filing for divorce must have lived in the state for at least one year before taking action. Here is a look at some of the common reasons for divorce, plus suggestions on how to prepare.

What grounds qualify for divorce?

Each state allows for a no-fault divorce, where neither party is held responsible. In these cases, couples often claim irreconcilable differences exist. However, other grounds include:

  • Adultery
  • Desertion without support
  • Cruel and inhuman treatment, including physical or mental abuse
  • Impotence
  • Addiction issues
  • Living separately for two years or more
  • Religious differences
  • Imprisonment with a sentence of over one year

How should you prepare?

Talking to an experienced family law attorney is vital to protecting your rights. However, your first step should be to gather information to share with your lawyer, including:

  • A complete list of marital assets and liabilities for both spouses
  • The previous year’s tax returns
  • Information about you and your spouse’s current income
  • Copy of a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement
  • Complete information of all children, their school and grade levels
  • Current contact information for both spouses
  • Information of any prior legal action between spouses or involving children
  • Dates of previous separations, counseling or attempts to reconcile

Preparation is crucial

When a marriage ends, it can be a devastating and disorienting time. However, being prepared is essential for your future well-being and can impact decisions over child custody, child and spousal support and distributing marital assets. Your attorney will aggressively protect your rights and help you receive the best possible outcome.