New Hampshire might have the most diverse state culture of all the
fifty states. Irish ancestry tops the long list with nearly one quarter
of the entire state's heritage. English and French each take about a
fifth of the population's ancestry. Also New Hampshire currently has
the largest French and French-Canadian of any other state. The rest of
New Hampshire is made up of Italian, German, French-Canadian, Scottish,
Polish, American, Scots-Irish, Swedish, and Portuguese ancestry.
New Hampshire residents once immigrated from French-Canada and Ireland
and became mill workers. These mill workers established the milling
towns that still are present today, including Manchester. These
townships that became towns are now governed by New Hampshire state
legislature. The state has created laws where federal laws do not apply
and include bankruptcy laws, divorce laws, labor laws, gun laws,
expungement laws, and others.
Bankruptcy is designed to assist those who have founds themselves in
massive amounts of debt rather quickly. Many of these situations
include recent divorces, losses of important clients, and long-term
illnesses that have resulted in hospitalization. In 2005 the federal
government created new laws to decrease those who do not need the
bankruptcy system and abuse it.
Despite the ability to use bankruptcy effectively, bankruptcy cannot
eliminate the debts of alimony, fraudulent debts, child support, some
kinds of cash advances, student loans, pay back taxes, fines,
penalties, or any kind of purchase made of five hundred fifty thousand
dollars in a single ninety-day period of time. There are two different
kinds of bankruptcy that are currently available for personal use:
Chapter Seven bankruptcy and Chapter Thirteen bankruptcy.
New Hampshire requires that individuals applying for divorce in the
state first be state residents for a minimum of one year prior to
filing. Each divorce case is to be filed to the county in which the
individual resides. Those who reside in different counties than their
spouses may file in either their own county or the county of their
spouses. Only one spouse is required to file for divorce in New
Hampshire. If a divorce petition is filed to the incorrect county, the
case will be dismissed.
New Hampshire has specific cases where expungement is possible. These
cases only include prowling and loitering. Only when an individual has
not been given the opportunity to explain his or her situation for the
prowling or loitering incident is he or she able to expunge the
incident. Felony offenses and misdemeanor offenses cannot be expunged
from any records. Traffic offenses also are not eligible for
In New Hampshire citizens are not required to have licenses in order to
possess rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Those who have had past felony
convictions are not permitted to possess any kind of firearm. This
includes obtaining, controlling, and owning firearms.
New Hampshire law does not require that employers provide their
employees with sick leave nor does any federal law. Businesses and
companies, however, have the right to provide sick leave for their
employees. Many choose to provide paid time off instead of sick leave
to eliminate system abuse.