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Divorce rates widely varied in New Hampshire, overall above region's average

In a rare departure from the rest of New England, New Hampshire overall has a higher divorce rate than the rest of our northerly region. In the Granite State, 11.6 residents are divorced for every 1,000 individuals. However, the average rate for the region is around 7, depending on whether you're a man or woman.

Within the state, Foster's Daily Democrat reported, divorce rates vary wildly: The communities with the lowest rates were Durham and Hanover, with 2.1 and 4.1, respectively. However, not far away is the town with the highest rate of divorce, Alton, which reported 35.8 divorces per 1,000 residents.

Experts and the New Hampshire divorce attorneys interviewed by the source couldn't pinpoint a particular cause for the fluctuation between communities, but one cited the recession as a possible reason for the continually rising overall divorce rate in the state.

New Hampshire's rate has risen steadily since 2005, with five-year averages growing from 11.3 to 11.6 in the latest report.

On the flip side of the rising rates, one of the attorneys at Stephen C. Brown & Associates, Laurie Lacoste, spoke with the newspaper about the dilemma facing couples who are struggling financially and wish to part ways.

"Given the way the economy is right now, the way it is, most people can't afford a lawyer," Lacoste said, estimating that in her experience, almost three-quarters of people represent themselves in a divorce.

While this may seem like a cost-saving option, divorces can quickly become complex and bitter disputes, in which case having the assistance of an expert Hew Hampshire law firm is highly advisable.

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