Same-Sex Divorces in New Hampshire.
McGrath Law Firm has recently handled a divorce action for a same-sex couple. Our experienced legal team was able to successfully help our client win ownership of certain personal property while protecting the client’s legal rights during a divorce dispute.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in New Hampshire since January 1, 2010, when legislation signed into law by Governor John Lynch on June 3, 2009 took effect. New Hampshire had established civil unions for same-sex couples beginning on January 1, 2008. Prior to 2008, same-sex couples in New Hampshire were not entitled to obtain the legal and financial benefits generally associated with marriage.
Although the divorce rates in New Hampshire are lower than the national average, there has been a rise in the number of married couples seeking a divorce, including same gender couples.
Same-sex divorce actions can sometimes involve high conflict disputes over the ownership of personal property items. Some examples of personal property include jewelry, accessories, clothing, personal effects, as well as shared memorabilia.
New Hampshire law provides for an equitable distribution of marital assets regardless of whether a divorcing couple are same-sex or heterosexual. However, this does not mean that every asset or item must be split equally, so long as the overall distribution between the parties is fair and reasonable.
McGrath Law Firm has specific experience assisting clients in dissolving their marriages and handling the issues that may arise in a same-sex divorce action.
The seasoned family law and divorce lawyers at the McGrath Law Firm, founded by attorney Peter McGrath, will walk you through every step of the challenging divorce process to address your concerns and achieve your goals as efficiently as possible. From spousal support, child support, fault, and equitable division of property and debt to valuations, prenuptial agreements, annulments, and restraining orders, the experienced attorneys at McGrath Law Firm have a successful track record in all aspects of divorce law. Call us to schedule your consultation at (603) 224-7111.