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Jamie Kurtz has been a practicing divorce lawyer since 2008. She received her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles in 2007. Ms. Kurtz was selected to Rising Stars for 2013 - 2016, 2019 - 2020, a peer designation awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. She also co-founded a law firm that specializes in uncontested divorce cases.

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Online Divorce in New Hampshire

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For those seeking an inexpensive divorce in the state of New Hampshire, online divorce is an easy, affordable and fast solution. Online divorce may be appropriate for couples who have an uncontested case. The step-by-step process of preparing divorce documents at Onlinedivorce.com makes it easy on you. We help prepare all of the necessary divorce forms and provide detailed written instructions on how to file your divorce in New Hampshire.

Our divorce documents preparation service can be a perfect solution for those who want to have their divorce papers completed quickly and stress-free. Even though New Hampshire has unique divorce forms and filing requirements, our online system can provide you with exactly what you need and provide instructions on how to file. We have helped thousands of people prepare their divorce documents for filing.

If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce and want an amicable dissolution to your marriage, why should the process get drawn out and why should you spend money on lawyers? Online divorce is often cheaper, quicker and easier.

Online divorce can be a perfect option if you want to save money or if you hope to have your divorce quickly finalized so you can get on with your life. Preparing documents for divorce online in New Hampshire is quickly becoming very popular because you can complete the documents in the comfort of your home. Even if you think your case is too complex because you have children, own your own home or have other assets, you may still be able to prepare your documents online. Just start with our simple questionnaire, and we’ll provide you instructions for each step of the way.

Finally, you don’t have to worry - our process is 100% secure. We protect your information and nothing is filed until you submit the divorce papers to the courthouse yourself. Filing for divorce in New Hampshire with the Onlinedivorce.com system can be a simple solution to a difficult situation.


When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we help you fill out your divorce paperwork using a simple online questionnaire. You can fill it out alone or with the assistance of your spouse. Then, you will need to get a signature from your spouse and you can file the divorce forms with your local court. In New Hampshire, you will typically file with the courthouse in the county in which you currently reside. If a petitioner is not currently a resident, but a defendant is, divorce is typically filed in the county where the defendant resides.

The actual filing process is explained in our detailed court-filing instructions that we provide along with your completed divorce forms. You can also obtain assistance from your local courthouse by calling or stopping by.

After the initial filing, you may need to follow up if there are any issues with your documents. When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we allow you to make small adjustments to your forms as requested by the court at no additional charge. Our goal is to help you obtain your divorce with as little hassle and stress as possible using our online divorce documents preparation service.


Every state has specific requirements where divorcing couples must establish residency within the state they are divorcing. New Hampshire is no exception.

The divorce may be filed for in any of the following:


Both spouses must be residents of the state when the divorce is filed;


The who files must have been a resident of New Hampshire for at least one year prior to filing for divorce; or


The cause of divorce must have arisen in New Hampshire and at least one of the spouses must a resident when divorce is filed.

The divorce may be filed for in a county where either spouse resides. [New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated; Chapters 458:5, 458:6, and 458.9].

There are many ways to prove that residency has been established. The easiest way is if one or both spouses have a valid and in-date New Hampshire driver’s license, ID card or voter’s registration card which was issued at least six months before filing for divorce. If this is not the case, it may be possible to establish residency, by having someone who knows you or your spouse testify that you have lived in the state for at least six months. Additionally, it may be possible to use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness form, and it should serve as proof you’ve lived in the state a minimum of six months. As for proving residency within a specific county, varies from county to county in New Hampshire.

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Valid grounds to get divorce in New Hampshire

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Grounds for an online divorce using OnlineDivorce.com are the same as they would be for any divorce within the State of New Hampshire. Grounds are merely the reason for divorce, and the state must approve them.

No-fault reasons for divorce in New Hampshire Include:


Irreconcilable differences causing the irremediable breakdown of the marriage. One party has affected the health or endangered the reason of the other party. One party joins a religious sect that believes marriage is unlawful. [New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated; Chapter 487:7a].

General reasons for divorce in New Hampshire Include:






Abandonment for two years;


Imprisonment with a sentence of longer than a year;


Physical abuse or reasonable assumption of physical abuse;


Desertion without support of spouse for two years;


Noted cruelty;


Habitual drunkenness for two years;


Living separate and apart without cohabitation for two years; and


Mental abuse. [New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated; Chapters 458:7, 458:7a, and 458:26].


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Custody of the child in New Hampshire

Custody of the child

Joint legal custody (joint responsibility for making parental decisions and all rights except physical custody) is assumed to be in the best interests of children of divorce unless there has been domestic abuse by one of the parents. Custody will be given based on the following factors:

  • Preference of the child if child is sufficiently mature;
  • Health and welfare of the child;
  • Any recommendations of a neutral mediator; and
  • Any additional factors.

No preference is given to either parent based on the parent’s gender. [New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated; Chapter 458:17].

Rules for child support in New Hampshire

The court may order child support to assure the care and education of a minor child. There are specific child support guidelines in the state statute. There is a presumption that the state-mandated amount would be correct, but there are factors for adjusting the amount up or down if necessary:

  • Extraordinary medical, dental, or educational expenses of the child or children;
  • A significantly higher or lower income of one of the parents;
  • The economic consequences of t any stepparents, stepchildren, or natural or adopted children;
  • Additional costs associated with physical custody;
  • The economic consequences to either parent related to the disposition of the marital home;
  • Any tax consequences;
  • A split or shared custody arrangement;
  • The costs involved with providing college educations to minor children; and
  • Any other significant factor.

The court can order health insurance coverage as a method of support. There are also provisions for wage assignments and wage withholding to secure the payment of any child support. [New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated; Chapters 458:17, 458:18, and 458-C:1-5].

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Rules for spousal support in New Hampshire

Rules for spousal support

Alimony, which is sometimes referred to as spousal support, is at times ordered by the court to help one spouse live and comfortably exist in a manner established during marriage after the divorce. Assistance may be decided together upon by the couple before filing or it may be awarded by the court in a contested marriage dissolution case.

In New Hampshire, either spouse can be ordered to pay support to the other (supported spouse) if:

  • The other spouse does not have sufficient income or property to provide for his or her reasonable needs, taking into ac­count the standard of living that was enjoyed during the marriage;
  • The supporting spouse is able to meet his or her needs, taking into account the standard of living during the marriage; and
  • The spouse in need can not support himself or herself at a reasonable standard of living or is the primary guardian of a child whose condition or circumstances make it appropriate that the spouse not obtain employment outside the home.

The factors for consideration are:

  • The length of the marriage;
  • The current age of the spouses;
  • The overall health and wellness of the spouses;
  • Any vocational skills and employability of the spouse seeking support;
  • The tax consequences that each spouse will have;
  • The amount of and sources of income of the spouses;
  • The jobs of the spouses;
  • The value of each spouse’s property;
  • The liabilities and needs of each spouse;
  • The opportunity of each for further acquisition of capital assets and income;
  • Any marital fault if such fault caused the breakdown of the marriage and caused pain and suffering or economic loss;
  • The contribution of each spouse to the acquisition, preservation, or appreciation in value of the marital property, including any non-economic contributions of each spouse to the family unit; and
  • The social and economic status of each spouse. [New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated; Chapter 458:19].

Property division in New Hampshire

Property division

When a couple chooses to divorce in New Hampshire, they must distribute property in a fair and agreeable manner.

New Hampshire is what is called an “equitable distribution” state. The court divides all the spouse’s property, including:

  • Gifts;
  • Inheritances;
  • Property obtained before the marriage; and
  • Retirement or pension benefits, as is equitable and fair.

An equal division is presumed to be equitable. The factors for consideration specified in the statute are:

  • The length of the marriage;
  • The age and health of the spouses;
  • The occupation of the spouses;
  • The vocational skills of the spouses;
  • The ability to be employed of both spouses;
  • The monetary value of both spouses’ separate property;
  • The amount and reliability of sources of income of the spouses;
  • The debts and needs of each spouse;
  • The opportunity of each spouse to further acquire capital assets and income;
  • The ability of a custodial parent to maintain employment without interfering with the best interests of children;
  • The need of the parent who has custody to remain living in or own the marital residence and any household furnishings;
  • Any actions of either spouse during the marriage that caused an increase or decrease in value of any property;
  • The significant disparity between the two spouses in relation to the contribution of each spouse to the acquisition of the marital property, including the contribution of each spouse to the care and education of the children and the care and management of the home;
  • Any expected retirement or pension benefits;
  • The tax consequences of the court’s property division;
  • Any marital fault if it caused the breakdown of the marriage as well as pain and suffering or economic loss;
  • The value of property obtained before marriage or exchanged for property obtained before marriage;
  • The value of gifts and inheritances;
  • Any direct or indirect contribution to the education or career development of the other spouse;
  • Any interruption in education or career opportunities to benefit the other’s career, the marriage, or any children;
  • The social and economic status of each spouse; and
  • Any other relevant factor. [New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated; Chapter 458:16-a].

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Mediation support in New Hampshire

If child custody needs to be resolved, the court may require that the parents attend mediation. [New Hampshire Civil Code Annotated; Article 131 and New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated; Article 9, Section 351]

At the request of a spouse, or if the court feels that there is a reasonable chance at reconciliation, it may require spouses to submit to marriage counseling and delay the finalization of the divorce. [New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated; Chapters 458:6, 458:7B, and 458:15-a]

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Divorce forms in New Hampshire

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Filing fees for divorce in New Hampshire

When you file your divorce papers, the court will charge filing fees that may vary by county. These costs are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorce.com. Please check with your local courthouse to determine the exact amount.

How long will it take

The use of the OnlineDivorce.com service usually takes between 30 minutes and two hours or more depending on the complexity of your case. You’ll start filling out the questionnaire immediately and can either complete it in one sitting, or you can save your progress and complete it at a later date if that is more convenient for you.

Once you’ve gotten the documents complete, you will need to file them and get your spouse’s signature. You’ll have more information regarding the finalization of your divorce case once you complete your paperwork and submit it with the clerk of courts.

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