Divorce Attorneys in Concord
Researchers have estimated that approximately 40%-50% of all first marriages and 60% of second marriages will end in divorce. The process of divorce can be emotionally and financially devastating for adults and children alike. For this reason it is important to choose an attorney you can trust.
Cohen & Winters have represented people who have gone through all types of divorces ranging from amicable to highly contentious. Additionally, Attorney Cohen has been specially trained and certified in collaborative law and is a member of both the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) as well as the Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire.
Generally speaking, if you are not taking a collaborative approach to your divorce, you or your spouse must file a petition to begin a divorce action. Once the petition is filed and served on the other party, the Court will schedule a first appearance session. If children are involved the Court will order both parents to attend a child impact seminar and will generally require the parties to attempt to mediate their case.
The Court will schedule a temporary hearing to rule on outstanding issues that cannot be resolved by agreement. Some issues that can come up at a temporary hearing include: parental responsibilities, child support, possession of the marital home and other properties the parties may own, spousal support, and issuing orders restraining a spouse from abusing the other spouse.
The parties will then engage in the discovery process by which they will be able to obtain information about each other’s finances and other matters relevant to their divorce. This process will include mandatory disclosure of financial information pursuant to Court Rule 125-A. The parties will also have the right to propound interrogatories, request the production of documents and to take depositions as part of this process.
Finally, if the parties cannot resolve their outstanding issues by agreement, the Court will hold a trial and will resolve all outstanding issues based on that hearing. The most frequent issues to be decided during the divorce hearing are how the assets will be divided, how parenting responsibility will be shared, how much child support should be ordered, and if spousal support should be ordered. If a party does not agree with the outcome of their hearing an appeal may be taken to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
The family law attorneys at Cohen & Winters know that divorce proceedings are difficult times. We can help you get through this trying time. Contact us for a free consultation of your situation.