Also See: New Hampshire Marriage Laws
Statute: New Hampshire State Divorce Code (Title XLIII, Chapter 458):gencourt.state.nh.us
Residency: Both parties must be a resident of the state for at least one year prior to filing or the grounds for divorce occurred in the state and one of the parties has been a resident for at least one year prior to filing.
Legal Separation Recognized? Yes. Legal separation can be converted to divorce decree by motion.
Counseling Requirements: The court shall require the parties to attend mediation if it appears that reconciliation is possible; the court shall also order the parties to attend parenting education classes if a minor child is involved.
Property Distribution: New Hampshire relies on “equitable distribution” so the court will distribute the marital property “in an equitable manner” if the parties can’t agree on their own. Separate property (property acquired prior to the marriage, as a gift or through inheritance) is not included in property distribution.
Alimony: Alimony may be awarded to either party if the motion is filed within five years of the divorce decree and the court finds sufficient grounds to award spousal support.