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.
If you are considering divorce, chances are, there are numerous aspects that might be influencing your decision. It might be more complicated than simply parting ways with your spouse. No matter how you look at it, divorce is a serious decision that could have a substantial impact on your future.
As a concerned parent, you likely researched various topics regarding children and divorce before the court issued a decree in your situation. Like most other New Hampshire parents, you only want what's best for your children, and you went into divorce knowing it would greatly affect their lives. However, you determined you would not let the breakdown of your marriage deteriorate your relationship with your kids.