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Mental and Emotional Abuse May Be a Ground For Divorce Under New Hampshire Law

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2014 | Divorce & Family

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has recognized the need to protect spouses from mental and emotional abuse and has ruled that the statute is intended to protect against “constant, innumerable, and nameless indignities of speech and action, each possibly petty in itself, might cause mental anguish less endurable, more hurtful to physical well-being, are more likely to overturn reason, than any degree produced by blows.” The court standard has outlined that the mental abuse must be consistent and numerous and, therefore, a pattern over time.

If you have any questions regarding the fault ground of conduct to injure health and endanger reason, please contact an attorney at Hamblett & Kerrigan.


Kevin P. Rauseo is a former director at Hamblett & Kerrigan P.A. and has since been appointed as a Justice for the New Hampshire Circuit Court.  Please feel free to contact another attorney at Hamblett & Kerrigan to discuss your legal issues.