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Same-Sex Divorce

Serving Gay and Lesbian Couples in New Hampshire
In September 2009, Vermont became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage. New Hampshire legalized same-sex marriage four months later, in January 2010. These states now provide same-sex couples the ability to get married and enjoy some of the same rights that opposite-sex couples have always had. Of course, the right to marriage also implies the right to divorce. Like heterosexual couples, same-sex couples wishing to end their marriage need the advice of a skilled, compassionate divorce lawyer.

Schwartzberg Law is devoted to finding resolutions for divorcing clients in New Hampshire, regardless of sexual orientation. Founding attorney Ora Schwartzberg has more than 30 years of experience practicing family law, and is committed to finding workable solutions to divorce and all of its related issues.

Solutions for All Same-Sex Divorce Issues
Now that New Hampshire grants equal rights to all couples, the issues that are involved in a same-sex divorce are essentially the same as those presented in opposite-sex divorce cases, with the exception of issues that are affected by federal law such as the distribution of retirement accounts. Our firm can help you resolve things like:

  • •   Alimony/spousal maintenance
  • •   Parenting plans (child custody) and child support
  • •   Division of property and debts
  • •   Distribution and valuation of business property
  • Some gay and lesbian couples may have signed a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that details how some or all of these issues should be handled. If so, we will analyze the agreement and make sure it adequately protects your rights.

    Have You Considered Mediation?
    We encourage same-sex couples to consider using mediation rather than traditional litigation to resolve their divorce. Mediation empowers spouses and encourages cooperation, often leading to more satisfying, long-lasting outcomes for you and your children. Even if you and your spouse already have attorneys and are considering fighting things out in court, we encourage you to get in touch with us to learn how Schwartzberg law, a certified mediator, can work with you and your lawyers to help avoid the pain and conflict that inevitably results from litigation.