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Ask a New Hampshire divorce attorney: Dividing property

If you're ending a marriage in the Granite State, you'll need an experienced New Hampshire divorce attorney to help you understand the division of property between you and your spouse, which can quickly become a heated issue when emotions are running high.

Section 458:16-a of the New Hampshire Statutes states the following:

"When a dissolution of a marriage is decreed, the court may order an equitable division of property between the parties. The court shall presume that an equal division is an equitable distribution of property, unless the court establishes a trust fund under RSA 458:20 or unless the court decides that an equal division would not be appropriate or equitable."

The following factors may be grounds for reconsidering a 50/50 split:
• Contributions made by one spouse to ensure the other spouse's education and employability
• Notably uneven contributions to the marriage, the children and the marital home
• Sources and amounts of income for both parties, including projections for the future
• The length of the marriage
• Whether the custodial parent can become gainfully employed without negatively impacting the children
• Whether the custodial parent needs to reside in the marital home.

There are a number of additional factors listed in the statute that your New Hampshire divorce attorney can explain in greater detail.

Are you getting a divorce in New Hampshire? If so, you should contact a New Hampshire divorce attorney early on in the process to assist you through every step of the way and ensure that your best interests are accounted for.

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