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Many couples in New Hampshire and other states are “cohabiting,” or living together, and even raising children without getting legally married. Although the arrangement suits many couples who use it, it may not protect either the adults or the children in the family if the cohabitation relationship splits up.

Only nine U.S. states currently recognize “common-law marriage,” in which a couple lives together and holds themselves out as married, but never gets a formal marriage certificate. New Hampshire is not one of these states, but courts in New Hampshire will consider cohabitation in the limited instance of probate disputes – issues regarding who should receive a deceased person’s estate after he or she has died.cohabitation

However, in New Hampshire and most other U.S. states, cohabiting doesn’t provide the same protections as marriage. Legal protections related to child custody, visitation, spousal and NH child support, and the rights to see one another in the hospital or make important decisions on a partner’s behalf are missing if a couple is not legally married, even if they are devoted to one another and have been together for many years. Some foreign countries also prohibit travel or staying together by couples who are not married.

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More and more divorce cases include evidence that is taken from popular social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter, according to a recent article from MSNBC.

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 81 percent of AAML members have handled a case in which messages taken from social networking sites were used as evidence. Often, this evidence comes in the form of one spouse having an affair with someone they contact via the Internet. Other divorce-related conflicts include spouses who put their children in the middle. For instance, one spouse may try to convince the children to de-friend the other spouse on Facebook, leading to family strife and hurt feelings.

The large amount of information available on social networking sites like Facebook has created a gold mine for divorcing spouses seeking to demonstrate the other spouse’s tendencies toward adultery, anger issues, or other misbehavior. Since so many people can see a Facebook user’s photos and postings, the information posted there is public – and fair game for a divorce dispute.

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In New Hampshire, a couple may divorce if they both live in New Hampshire or if one spouse has lived in New Hampshire for at least one year. A spouse may file for a no-fault divorce or may state one of thirteen separate grounds for at-fault divorce, such as extreme cruelty or abandonment.

A New Hampshire divorce begins when one spouse serves the other with a Libel for Divorce, which is a court document explaining that a divorce is being sought, the grounds for the divorce, and what assets and children the couple has. It will include the date on which an answer to the Libel for Divorce is due. The answer explains the other spouse’s side of the divorce dispute. The Libel for Divorce may also include the date and time for a hearing.

The amount of time it takes for a New Hampshire divorce to become final varies, depending on the couple’s disputes and whether they have any children. An uncontested divorce with no children may be granted in as little as three months, while a hotly disputed divorce with children may take a year or more.