If you have recently learned that your spouse intends to file for divorce – or if you have made this decision yourself – you may feel as if the world is swirling around you. Whether the divorce is a dark cloud looming over you or a new chance for freedom, you can't escape the fact that you are about to face some major changes in your life.
Divorce is complex for many reasons, but finances are often the center of many disputes and conflicts between two divorcing parties. Particularly in high asset New Hampshire divorces, there are additional complicating factors that can make property division and other issues more complex.
New Hampshire families come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes, families grow through adoption. If you marry a person who already has children, you may wonder if it is possible to adopt his or her kids. Stepparent adoption can sometimes be complex, but it is possible for you to accomplish this goal with help and guidance.
As a parent, there is nothing more important than preserving and protecting your rightful time with your child. That does not change once your divorce is final. In fact, it may become even more important for you to find ways to protect your rights as a parent even after your custody and visitation order has become final.
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.
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.
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.
Like other New Hampshire residents involved in a divorce, you may struggle to keep track of all the issues that you need to address. Some of those issues include property division, child custody and support. As you work through these issues, there is another aspect to each that you may want to consider -- taxes.
Like many other couples in New Hampshire, you and your partner may share a child even though you are not married. When your child was born, you put his or her name on the birth certificate, so you believed that you had all the rights and responsibilities that go along with being a father. You did not know at the time that this was not sufficient to establish you as the legal father of your child, but at the time, the only thing that mattered was caring for your child.
Many parents, perhaps some here in New Hampshire, are trying out a fairly new shared custody arrangement during divorce referred to as "nesting." You might choose to implement the idea during your separation, and then develop a backup plan for after you finalize your divorce. That seems to be what many people do. However, some continue with their nesting lifestyle even after they've settled their divorces. If you were to try this new custody trend, the basic premise involves your kids continuing to live in your marital home.