When is Spousal Support or Alimony Awarded in New Hampshire?

A New Hampshire Court will grant just and equitable alimony for a definite or indefinite time if a motion is brought within five years of the divorce and the court finds that:    (a) The party in need lacks sufficient income, property, or both to provide for such party's reasonable needs, taking into account the style of living to which the parties have become accustomed during the marriage; (b) The party from whom alimony is sought is able to meet reasonable needs while meeting those of the party seeking alimony, taking into account the style of living to which the parties have become accustomed during the marriage; and (c) The party in need is unable to be self-supporting through appropriate employment at a standard of living that meets reasonable needs or is allocated parental rights and responsibilities for a child of the parties whose condition or circumstances make it appropriate that the parent not seek employment outside the home.
 
In determining the amount of alimony, the court shall consider the length of the marriage; the age, health, social or economic status, occupation, amount and sources of income, the property awarded in the divorce, vocational skills, employability, estate, liabilities, and needs of each of the parties; the opportunity of each for future acquisition of capital assets and income; the fault of either party for the divorce and the federal tax consequences of the order. The court may also consider the contribution of each of the parties in the acquisition, preservation, or appreciation in value of their respective estates and the noneconomic contribution of each of the parties to the family unit. (New Hampshire Statutes Section 458:19)
 
 

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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