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Family Law Keyed to Weisberg
In the Matter of Ross
Citation:146 A.3d 1232 (N.H. 2016)
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Christopher and Danielle Ross were married for nine years. The couple later separated when Christopher discovered that Danielle was having an affair. Danielle filed for divorce, alleging both fault and irreconcilable differences as grounds for divorce. Christopher cross-petitioned for divorce on fault-based grounds, alleging adultery and irreconcilable differences. 11 months after Danielle filed for divorced, Christopher began a sexual relationship with another women. Danielle then filed a motion to dismiss, alleging recrimination by Christopher. The trial court granted the motion over the Christopher’s objection. The court then entered a final decree of divorce citing irreconcilable differences as the cause of marital breakdown. He now appeals the trial court’s dismissal of the fault-based ground in his cross-petition for divorce.
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