In New Hampshire, alimony (spousal support) is a very important part of divorce, especially for individuals who have no other financial security for the future. The Family Law Courts may determine who will be paid alimony when a couple cannot come to a mutual agreement during a divorce.
How Is Alimony Determined In New Hampshire?
In New Hampshire, the amount of alimony that will need to be paid will be based on a number of factors under applicable law that will include the following:
How long did the marriage last?
What was the standard of living during the term of the marriage?
What are the marital assets, non-marital assets and liabilities?
The contributions of each spouse to the marriage.
The physical and emotional conditions of both spouses, including age.
Are both spouses self-sufficient?
What type of education and training does each spouse have to be able to find employment?
What are the financial needs of one spouse vs. the ability of the other spouse to financially contribute.
Types Of Alimony In New Hampshire
The need and ability to pay spousal support will be the primary focus when alimony is to be awarded in a New Hampshire divorce case. Once the amount of alimony is decided then it will be considered either permanent or temporary (rehabilitative). Permanent Alimony means that the support will be paid until the recipient remarries and in some cases upon death. Temporary Alimony typically only needs to be paid until a spouse is able to attend training and be self-supportive, in which a date is generally set for termination of the alimony by the Court.
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