How to File for Divorce, Legal Separation or Civil Union Dissolution, Parental Rights and Responsibilities and Child Support
This page provides basic, initial instructions for some of the types of cases handled in the Superior Court domestic relations department. These instructions may not represent all of the necessary forms and procedures that may apply in your case. In addition, not every type of case is addressed on this website. You should contact the Family Division or the Superior Court where you live for further information.
Domestic relations cases include divorce, legal separation, civil union dissolution, establishing parental rights and responsibilities, establishment of paternity, child support, child visitation, domestic violence and other related matters.
If you live in Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford or Sullivan Counties, domestic relations cases are heard in the Family Division. All other domestic relations cases are heard in New Hampshire Superior Court.
NOTE: Anyone who goes to court without a lawyer takes a serious risk. These cases can be complicated and it is recommended that you consult a lawyer to best protect your interests, especially if there are issues regarding custody of children, property and pension/retirement benefits.
Even if you appear in court without a lawyer, you will be required to follow the court rules for a divorce proceeding. (See Rules for Regulating the Practice in Domestic Relations: Rules 172-213)
The clerks office in each county can provide you with information about procedures but cannot give you legal advice or give you specific information about your situation.
New Hampshire law requires that if your case involves issues relating to your children, both parties must attend a 4 hour Child Impact Seminar.
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