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Ask a New Hampshire divorce lawyer: Mediation

A divorce is a complicated process that takes a significant financial and emotional toll on everyone involved and requires both spouses to come to an agreement with each other regarding issues of property, alimony and child support. In order to facilitate this, couples may end up engaging in mediation, which is designed to help them settle these important matters peacefully.

According to Section 458:15-c of the New Hampshire Statutes:

"The court may order the parties to participate in mediation upon the request of either party or at the discretion of the court. If the parties are ordered to participate in mediation under this section, all issues relevant to their case, including but not limited to property settlement and alimony also shall be mediated unless the court orders otherwise."

In the following instances, however, a court may refrain from ordering mediation:
• One of the parties is undergoing undue hardship
• Serious emotional or psychological abuse is expected
• The inability to acquire a mediator within a reasonable period of time
• The parties have agreed to seek out an alternate way to resolve their disputes
• There is evidence of domestic violence, alcoholism or drug abuse and not all parties have agreed to the mediation.

Ending a marriage can take an emotional and financial toll on everyone involved. If you're going through a divorce in New Hampshire, it's in your best interest to work with an experienced attorney who can keep your best interests in mind from beginning to end and help ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

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