Alimony in New Hampshire

Yes, we have alimony in New Hampshire. The law is RSA 458:19 (http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XLIII/458/458-19.htm). The Legislature has tinkered with the law over time, but for more than 20 years, the concept has been pretty consistent. If one spouse has the ability to earn enough income to meet his or her reasonable needs, and the other does not have that ability, taking into consideration the style of living during the marriage, the first spouse can be ordered to pay alimony to the second spouse. The challenge is always how much and for how long. Alimony can be for a defined amount of years, it can be a lump sum payment, it can progressively decrease over time, it can be permanent. It will be up to the judge to determine what is fair and appropriate under the particular facts of each case.

Unlike child support, there is no formula to determine the amount or duration. As the statute indicates, many factors are taken into consideration, including: length of marriage, age, health, income, assets, needs. Because of the many variables involved, it is difficult to predict an alimony award. As a result, the issue of alimony often compels a case to go to trial, sometimes for the Court to decide only that limited issue.

By:  Peter G. Webb, Esquire

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Why I Practice Personal Injury Law

A frequent question that I get from family, friends and acquaintances is “why did you choose to practice personal injury law?” The answer is simple. My passion is to help people get back on their feet when they need it most.

Month after month, many of us spend our hard-earned dollars feeding the machine that is called “insurance.” Don’t be mistaken, being properly insured is extraordinarily important. However, it is not unusual that we don’t understand just what our “insurance” covers. Perhaps even more critically, we don’t understand what steps we have to take to ensure that our insurance carrier pays what they owe for our claim.

In this day and age where insurance companies embody a high-powered industry, it requires a great deal of knowledge and experience to get the most out of your coverage. It’s not that the insurance company is trying to avoid paying you entirely, it is that their sole function is to minimize the amount of money that they pay for your claim. What is even scarier is that they are very good at it.

My experience working for the largest insurance company in America has helped shape the way I approach a client’s case. I know how to deal effectively with claim representatives. I understand insurance coverage. I understand the internal happenings that guide the insurers’ decision-making process. Best of all, I get to leverage that experience to the benefit of my clients who are frequently physically and emotionally exhausted and should be focused on recovering from their injuries.

So the answer to the question is this: I enjoy seeking the best possible outcome for people in need by taking on insurance companies and ensuring that they pay my clients what is owed.

By:  Brenner G. Webb

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