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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for New Hampshire on
Q: We have joint custody and ex husband is moving over 950 miles away in 2 weeks. What are my rights?
Joseph Caulfield
Joseph Caulfield answered on Jun 8, 2021

If you object, he would have to seek the court’s permission

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Sexual Harassment for New Hampshire on
Q: Can you be convicted on hearsay alone no evidence. Just a person's word against yours I have pretrial over phone call
Andrew S. Winters
Andrew S. Winters answered on May 18, 2021

Hearsay is generally not admissible although there are exceptions. It is a complicated area of the law. For example, an out of court statement by one of the parties to the case is not considered hearsay. So, if a criminal defendant makes a statement to the police after he is arrested, that... Read more »

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Q: My daughter got pregnant and found out after the fact that the father is an illegal alien.

He has not paid child support in NH since the baby was born and refuses to. My daughter filled out the forms for the state for support, however, they said that since his address is not listed with the post office with regards to him living there, that they can't serve him with papers. He... Read more »

Andrew S. Winters
Andrew S. Winters answered on Dec 5, 2020

If he can't be located your daughter could use the sheriff or professional service process firm to locate and serve him. Alternatively, in some cases a court will allow service by notice through a publication, like a newspaper or even social media. However, they will only. do so if you show... Read more »

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Q: Can my sons mother move out of state without telling me?

Current custody agreement states parenting time at discretion of the mother and I have had my son overnights every other weekend for years. I have just found out she is packing up and moving out of state without notifying me. I called child services because I was worried for him 3 weeks ago and... Read more »

Andrew S. Winters
Andrew S. Winters answered on Dec 5, 2020

Are you sure there is nothing in the order about relocating? If you look at the court approved form parenting plan, section "F" addresses relocation: https://www.courts.state.nh.us/forms/nhjb-2064-f.pdf

It is possible your parenting plan doesn't include that section but...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for New Hampshire on
Q: Is it legal to cross out a part of your will as long as you initial it?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 18, 2020

You posted this under Family Law and it remains open for two weeks. There's no guarantee that all questions are picked up, but you might have better chances of input in the Probate and Estate Planning categories. Or you could reach out to local attorneys who practice in those areas. Good luck... Read more »

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Q: Our parenting plan is from 2013, daughter is now 9. How likely am I to get overnight time during the week?

Our old parenting plan is from 2013, however for the last 5 yrs or so we have followed an every other weekend schedule, to taking her during the week as well. My daughter has voiced she wants to spend more time on the weekend with us because her mom is now not letting me have her at all during the... Read more »

Joseph Caulfield
Joseph Caulfield answered on Sep 15, 2020

Your case sounds excellent to me.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Estate Planning and Probate for New Hampshire on
Q: IS TITLE XLIIIDOMESTIC RELATIONSCHAPTER 457MARRIAGESProof of MarriageSection 457:39, a valid statute

I have recently lost my domestic partner of over 23 years. We were never formally married, but in my research into the matter I came across TITLE XLIII

DOMESTIC RELATIONS

CHAPTER 457

MARRIAGES

Proof of Marriage

Section 457:39: 457:39 Cohabitation, etc. –... Read more »

Joseph Caulfield
Joseph Caulfield answered on Jun 3, 2020

Yes, the statute is valid.

This is NH's limited acknowledgement of common law marriages.

You can file in the probate court a petition for an intestate share of your partner's estate.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for New Hampshire on
Q: If a Father signed over his rights in NH under false pretenses by the mother, Is there a way for him to get visitation?

Father thought he was making the best decision for his two children, the mother wasn't willing to work with him about anything and he didn't want to put his kids through that. She told him he could still see them and be in their lives but five years later and that is not the case. He... Read more »

Brian Waller
Brian Waller answered on May 13, 2020

If the case where this happened was in NH originally and the kids still live in NH, this would be a NH case and the laws may be slightly different. In general, unless there was something in the written agreement he probably doesn't have much of an argument, unfortunately. Obviously, every case... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New Hampshire on
Q: I don’t believe I need a GAL that the court assigned...

The court is appointing a GAL and I can’t afford it, and I’m not sure I need one, we were never married/divorced..there is no issue with the bio dad he left and was never heard from until I contacted him regarding this, he has his life and I have mine we just want to terminate his rights and he... Read more »

Joseph Caulfield
Joseph Caulfield answered on Dec 13, 2019

The statute requires it.

File a motion & see if the court will ordere the state to pay the GAL.

I'm a GAL, as well as a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for New Hampshire on
Q: can a life insurance beneficiary payout be contested by family if the insured suffered from a mental illness (bipolar)?

is lawyer needed to show that insured was of sound mind so others cannot try and get the money using insurers mental illness to dispute whom insured designated money to

Israel Piedra
Israel Piedra answered on Nov 21, 2019

It would be very difficult to prove that a beneficiary designation was changed due to mental capacity or undue influence. Basically, whichever beneficiary is on the policy is unlikely to be changed after death. A lawyer would need to investigate the facts and case law for a more specific answer.

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Q: I am 13 years old,am I allowed to go to court to support my family member?
Israel Piedra
Israel Piedra answered on May 30, 2019

Anyone is allowed in a courtroom. It is open to the public, with certain very limited exceptions. I'm not sure I understand your question.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for New Hampshire on
Q: If there is a parenting plan in place but need to change it. The father is living in motels and I have a stable living

He has been verbally abusive as well. Is this good to be able to change the plan? What do I need to do?

Andrew S. Winters
Andrew S. Winters answered on Feb 17, 2019

The law allows you to ask to modify a parenting plan for certain reasons. The list of reasons is found in this statute: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/xliii/461-a/461-a-11.htm

Here is a list of court instructions on how to file a petition to modify...
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Q: How to inform biological father about relocating, when you don't know where he may be.

Hi, I have sole custody and sole decision for my 2 boys for 12 years now. One is now 19, but the youngest is going on 13 next month. My parenting plan states I need to give 60 days notice if I move further away. I released him from child support 11 yrs ago but I had a line added that he could see... Read more »

Christine G. DeBernardis
Christine G. DeBernardis answered on Feb 1, 2019

You can notify by publication or seek the Court's permission to remove the child (which will also cause you to notify him when the petition is filed).

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New Hampshire on
Q: If a parent has no job or "home" of their own, does parenting time still continue, even with overnights?

Child' father lost his job and kicked out of where he was staying. Started living with his mother while trying to find a new job and a new place to live. He is supposed to have our child overnight every other weekend. Does this change now that he doesn't not have a place of his own? What... Read more »

Christine G. DeBernardis
Christine G. DeBernardis answered on Feb 1, 2019

If the child has a "sleeping space," (own bed or area to sleep, but most preferably a bedroom), the Court may still permit the parenting time to continue. Many people lose jobs or fall into bad situations and live with a relative. If this is weekend parenting time, the Court is more... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New Hampshire on
Q: Do I have to respond to my daughters emails or texts demanding what we do with her son . If her visits were terminated

Her visits were terminated 1 1/2 years ago. I've had legal guardianship of him since he was 5 1/2 months he is almost 5. The only home he has ever known is with my husband and I

Joseph Kelly Levasseur
Joseph Kelly Levasseur answered on Nov 5, 2018

You do not have to respond but it may depend on the written court decision for the guardianship. It may state in the decision what types of contact the mother can or cannot have. Read it carefully. Just keep in mind that generally speaking, courts prefer allowing some types of contact with the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New Hampshire on
Q: How to do I submit a modification to a parenting plan

My ex girlfriend has agreed to let me move to another state with my son as she also believes it is in his best interest. I would like to have the parenting plan modified to show that.

Amy C. Connolly
Amy C. Connolly answered on May 30, 2018

You would file a new parenting plan, that can be found on the court's website. You would need to outline the new routine schedule you have agreed upon. The court should approve the agreement and you will receive a copy of the new parenting plan once it is approved.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law and Child Custody for New Hampshire on
Q: my ex girlfriend was just arrested for domestic violence against her mother, can I get full custody of my son?

I have primary custody of my 6 year old son and my ex girlfriend has visitation 3 weekends a month. My ex girlfriend lives with her mother and was just arrested for becoming belligerent and throwing things through windows. My friend lives next door to her and has also said that she believes my ex... Read more »

Amy C. Connolly
Amy C. Connolly answered on May 30, 2018

You can file an ex parte motion to temporarily prevent parenting time with the mother so long as you can show that your son will suffer irreparable harm or injury if the relief requested is not granted. You would file this motion by going to the family court where your parenting plan was issued.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for New Hampshire on
Q: I want to move out of state from an abusive father of my 8 year old. What are my options?
Amy C. Connolly
Amy C. Connolly answered on May 30, 2018

You should report the abuse to DCYF and obtain a protective order. You should seek court approval prior to moving out of state.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for New Hampshire on
Q: My children's father I divorced 8 years ago. I want to modify child support. Now he wants a paternity test. Can he?

My children's father I divorced 8 years ago in Washington state. We have 2 daughters. The oldest is not his and he knows this, although we have raised her as his own. She is 16 now and still doesn't know. I now live in New Hampshire. He is in Missouri. I would like to modify child support... Read more »

Amy C. Connolly
Amy C. Connolly answered on May 2, 2018

I believe that he can request challenge paternity, however, he may run into a problem if he testified under oath that he was the biological father.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New Hampshire on
Q: Can I keep my kids a day of Dad's time for an important party I gave him 31 days notice for?

I have primary. Dad has 2 wkends a month (4days) as he chose on decree. I asked my ex to keep the kids for my husband's 50th bday party where out of town family is coming as well as many of their best friends. Offered options: He could take them Friday- I keep Sat - give back Sunday so he... Read more »

Amy C. Connolly
Amy C. Connolly answered on May 2, 2018

I believe you should check the language of the parenting plan. It usually contains a provision that each parent should make reasonable accommodations to deviate from the plan. I think that this would constitute a reasonable request. I do not believe that this would constitute "immediate or... Read more »

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