What is the difference between a divorce and a separation? New Hampshire residents frequently ask about the advantages and disadvantages of a divorce vs. a legal separation.  It is important to understand the difference between a divorce and a separation.  In a divorce proceeding, your marriage is dissolved so that you return to being a single person and can remarry if you choose to.  At the conclusion of a legal separation, you remain married, but the court issues orders so that you and your spouse can maintain separate lives.  Most New Hampshire spouses who choose legal separation over divorce do so for religious reasons or because they are unsure they want the finality of a divorce.  The court process for a divorce or legal separation is just about the same.  The case starts with a Petition filed with the New Hampshire Circuit Court – Family Division.  You attend the same types of hearings, and the court issues a final decree that includes orders on “custody” (now called “parental rights and responsibilities”), child support, alimony, insurance, and property division.

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