Divorce, Annulment and Legal Separation

When a marriage ends, it is an emotional event.  Regardless of the length of the relationship or the reason for the split, the end of a marriage is never easy.

“Divorce” and “Annulment” are legal terms used to describe the legal ending of a marriage, which allows the parties to eventually remarry.  “Legal Separation” is a legal term that allows two persons who are still legally married to live apart with separate assets and responsibilities, but will not permit them to remarry.  Annulment voids a marriage that for a variety of legal reasons never legally commenced at all.

New Hampshire allows divorce on irreconcilable differences (“no fault”) or on fault grounds.Though most divorces reach a final resolution on no fault grounds, fault grounds continue to play a role in property division and alimony determinations in certain cases. If you are unsure whether your case involves a fault ground, or if you are charged with a fault ground in your divorce proceeding, contact us.There are very technical requirements for proof of fault grounds that require careful attention.

Whether you are seeking a divorce, annulment, or legal separation, one or more of the following issues will likely need to be resolved as part of the process: support and parenting  of minor children,  alimony or spousal support, and division of property and debts. The links below direct you to more detailed discussion of each of these topics. We suggest that you complete our New Client Questionnaire before coming into our office to meet with us.