What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

A guardian ad litem, or GAL, may be appointed by the Court in a family case to represent the interests of the children.  Some say that the GAL functions as the “eyes and ears of the court” because the GAL conducts an investigation and makes a recommendation to the Court about what is in the children’s best interest.

Two Types […]

An Intern’s View of Family Court

Intern’s View of Family Court

The Family Division is where family cases are heard, including cases like divorce, parenting, and guardianship of minors. The Family Division is part of New Hampshire’s Circuit Court system, which also has separate District and Probate Divisions. There are 28 Family Division locations across the state, and the court location for any particular case is assigned based on […]

By |March 12th, 2018|FAMILY LAW|

Social Media During Divorce

Social Media During Divorce

Social media serves as a platform on which to share your thoughts and opinions, and vent about the troubles of your daily life. When you are getting divorced, however, it’s crucial to filter your online behavior so that you treat your ex-partner with respect and avoid jeopardizing your reputation for the trials that lie ahead. Social media don’t during divorce: here are some tips to […]

By |January 16th, 2018|Custody and Parenting Rights, Divorce, FAMILY LAW, Parenting Rights|

Child Support Wage Garnishment

Child Support Wage Garnishment

 I have a Child Support Order, now what?

Oftentimes, getting a Court Order is merely the first step in the process of collecting child support.  There are two main options for payment on the Uniform Support Order, which is the form used to establish a child support order in New Hampshire.  Option one is to have the […]

By |November 30th, 2017|Child Support, FAMILY LAW|

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving text with pumpkins and leaves over dark wood backgroundThankful

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year.  I love everything about it: getting together with family, good food, the change in season, warm sweaters, first snow… but this year feels a little different for me.  We are going into our 6th year as a firm and I […]

By |November 22nd, 2017|ESTATE ADMINISTRATION, ESTATE PLANNING, FAMILY LAW|

Medicaid verses Medicare

Medicaid verses Medicare

Medicaid vs Medicare written in a note. Health insurance concept.You have probably heard the terms “Medicaid” and “Medicare” many times, but do you know the main differences between the two programs?  If not, below is a very general description of Medicaid verses Medicare.

Medicaid

Medicaid is an assistance program through the federal government […]

By |November 14th, 2017|ESTATE PLANNING, FAMILY LAW|

Domestic Violence: You are not alone

Domestic Violence: You are not alone

Stop Domestic ViolenceOne in four women in NH have been sexually assaulted and 41% of those assaults are reported under the age of 18.  83% of sexual assaults occur before the age of 25.  These statistics are scary.  Since starting my practice in family law, I knew that I […]

By |October 30th, 2017|Domestic Violence, FAMILY LAW, Restraining Orders|

What is a Primary Parent?

What is a Primary Parent?

In October 2005, RSA 461-A was enacted, changing the term from custody to residential responsibility in New Hampshire.  With that switch, the reference to a “primary parent” increased.  However, what does that term even mean?

Primary Parent Defined

In […]

By |July 30th, 2017|Custody and Parenting Rights, FAMILY LAW|

Why We Use Coaches in Collaborative Divorces (Special Guest Blog)

Why We Use Coaches in Collaborative Divorces

Our friend, Karen Ela Kenny, MSW, LICSW is a Collaborative Divorce Coach and Facilitator.  She is past co-chair of the Collaborative Law Alliance of NH and is a Director on the Board.  She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with the […]

What is a Postnuptial Agreement?

What is a Postnuptial Agreement?

There are two popular types of marital contracts, Prenuptial Agreements and Postnuptial Agreements.  The major difference between Prenuptial Agreements and Postnuptial Agreements is that Prenuptial Agreements are entered into before marriage, pre-marriage, and Postnuptial Agreements are entered into after marriage, post-marriage.  Both Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements are created in order to outline what will […]

By |May 23rd, 2017|Divorce, FAMILY LAW|