Step 4: DIY or get a lawyer?
DIY divorce Papers (Slower & Least Costly)
The biggest issue with attempting to figure out what paperwork you need for your situation is your time and frustration. If you have the time and are okay with figuring out the paperwork, this is definitely the best way to file an uncontested divorce. The most important condition for a DIY divorce is that your spouse and you should be able to negotiate and reach a mutually acceptable agreement. Also, if there are no children and not many assets involved, then things become much simpler.
If you plan to represent yourself, then you can get guidance via New Hampshire’s website which is very user-friendly. The website provides simple and easy-to-understand instructions and fill-in forms that can help you from start to finish. There is also plenty of useful information available online to help you sort out the divorce rules on your own.
Online Divorce Services (Fastest & Inexpensive)
The fastest (few hours) way to complete your divorce papers is to use an online divorce service. These online services are priced from $145 to as much as $2500 depending on how much help you need. All around, the best solution on the market is 3stepdivorce.com but you can also read the reviews of other online providers here.
These online divorce paper services will ask you questions regarding your situation and based on your response, will fill out the necessary paperwork that you need in-order to file for divorce. Once your done answering all the questions, you will be able to download your paperwork right away with some providers. Additionally, these providers will look over your paperwork and provide you with the necessary tools and next steps to help make the process easier.
Attorney Divorce Trial (Longer & Expensive)
If you and your spouse are unable to sit at the same table, or mutually agree to end the marriage and work together, its best for both of you to get a lawyer.
Although in the case of an uncontested divorce in New Hampshire, there is no mandatory final hearing, you can’t really get a divorce without even one appearance in the court because you will need to file your divorce petition. However, in the case of a contested divorce where your spouse and you do not agree on some of all the terms and conditions of your divorce, your case will necessarily go to trial.
Your case will be heard by a judge, who will then resolve the disputed issues after going through all the evidence, testimonies and witnesses presented by your spouse and you. The judge will only rule based on what the court deems to be fair for both parties involved and not what you or your spouse may consider as fair.