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Attorney Shaunna Browne will provide legal advice regarding alimony laws in New Hampshire. Alimony payments, also called spousal support may be awarded by a judge under certain circumstances.

Who Receives Alimony Payments?

Again, contrary to myth, New Hampshire does allow a divorcing spouse to request and receive alimony from their former partner. Factors required by law to be considered by our courts in fashioning an alimony award include the length of the marriage (with a long term marriage being treated differently than the short term marriage) ages and educational levels of the parties, their current incomes and historical earning capacities (as they might impact upon their ability to acquire assets in the future), fault based misconduct on the part of one party, and the need of the recipient to obtain additional financial assistance through an alimony award, along with the ability of the other spouse to pay any such award. Alimony is tax includible by the person who receives it (meaning that they have to pay taxes at the end of the year on money that is not subject to withholding) and is tax deductible to the person making the payments (unlike child support, which does not receive such favorable tax related treatment).

What is Alimony?

There are two types of alimony in New Hampshire, rehabilitative and permanent. The most common type of alimony award in New Hampshire is rehabilitative and this type of alimony is awarded in instances where one spouse placed their own education or career on hold to raise children, maintain the home or assist the other spouse in their education or career advancement. Rehabilitative alimony is often awarded for a set period of time or is conditioned upon the receiving spouse attending school on a full time or part time basis. Permanent alimony is awarded in instances where there is a long term marriage and it is needed to supplement one spouse's monthly income so as to allow them to meet their reasonable and necessary needs taking into consideration the lifestyle enjoyed by the parties during the course of the marriage. Again, such an award is based on the receiving spouse's need and the paying spouse's ability to pay. All alimony awards are modifiable and, unlike child support, alimony is not based on any type of mathematical formula, but rather on the circumstances of the parties.

We stand ready to advise you and direct you during the divorce process so as to minimize your stress and maximize your legal position. Whether your divorce will require the division of substantial business holdings or the division of personal property, our firm is ready to assist you through-out the dissolution process.

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