How to Start the Divorce Process: 3 Options

Written by LRS Attorney Panelist, Katherine Morneau.

Divorce ScrabbleWe often get asked how to start the divorce process and there are three ways in New Hampshire.  An experienced attorney will be able to evaluate which one is best for you.

Option One: Collaborative Law

The collaborative process is a comprehensive approach to the divorce process.  It allows you to work with your spouse to come up with a mutually beneficial plan to dissolve the relationship.  With the assistance of a Financial Neutral and Coach you will have a full team of professionals to help each step of the way.  This process is confidential and avoids the need to go to Court.  At the end of the day, you will have a full agreement that addresses how you will each spend time with the children and secure your financial future.

Option Two:  Mediation

Mediation is recommended by Judges and many times required before you are allowed a Hearing.  In mediation you can go with or without an attorney to sit down with a neutral mediator to resolve each piece of your case.  The Court can appoint a mediator for you and your spouse or you can privately hire one.  We know some really great mediators and would be happy to recommend one that would be a good fit for you.  This process can also avoid appearing in Court.

Option Three:  Litigation

Litigation is often a last choice if either of the two options above are not successful.  The process starts by filing a Petition for Divorce with the Court.  There will be certain financial documents that you will have to exchange with each other.  This could be a lengthy process and guidance of an experienced attorney is essential to protecting your rights.

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Attorney Katherine Morneau is just one of the many talented and experienced attorneys you could be referred to through the Lawyer Referral Service of the New Hampshire Bar Association. Call us at 603-229-0002 or request a referral online.  We are here to help!

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