New Hampshire law grants courts the authority to order an equitable distribution of property between parties. Although the law presumes that an equal distribution is also an equitable distribution, the court may decide that equitable is not equal when one or more of several factors are present. Some of the factors include the 1) the duration of the marriage, 2) the opportunity of each party for future acquisition of capital assets and income, 3) the need of the custodial parent to occupy or own the marital residence for the benefit of the children, 4) tax consequences of the property settlement, 5) expectations of retirement assets and 6) the fault of either party. The law includes fifteen different factors, including the broad final factor of “any other factor that the court deems relevant.” Click here to read all of the factors listed in the property settlement law.