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Legal Information: New Hampshire
Updated: February 10, 2020
What are the grounds for divorce in New Hampshire?
Grounds are legally acceptable reasons for divorce. A judge can grant you a divorce if your spouse:
- is impotent;
- cheats on you (adultery);
- treats you with extreme cruelty;
- is convicted of a crime punishable with imprisonment for more than one year and actually serves part of that imprisonment;
- causes serious injury to your health or endangers you;
- is absent for at least two years and has not been heard from;
- is habitually drunk for at least two years;1
- joins a religious sect that bans marriage, and s/he refuses to cohabitate with you for at least six months; or2
- leaves you without your consent and refuses to cohabitate with you for at least two years.1
1 NH ST § 458:7
2Dyer v. Dyer, 5 N.H. 271(1830)
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