Thursday, June 30, 2011

NH Circuit Courts begin operation July 1, 2011

New Hampshire District, Probate, and Family Division Courts merge into one Court system, to be known as the New Hampshire Circuit Court, effective July 1, 2011.

The N.H. Circuit Court will have ten circuits, one for each county. Current District, Probate and Family Division court locations remain the same. Hillsborough County will be the 9th Circuit and have the following Court locations:

Manchester-District and Family Divisions
Merrimack-District and Family Divisions
Milford-District Division
Goffstown-District and Family Divisons
Nashua-District Division (Walnut Street)
Nashua-Probate Division (Spring Street)

For more information on this major restructuring of the New Hampshire court system, go to the New Hampshire Judicial Branch website at

To view the legislation which created the circuit court, go to

Submitted By Andrea Labonte, Esq.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Modification of an existing parenting plan becomes a little easier beginning August 13, 2011

On June 14, 2011, the New Hampshire legislature approved House Bill 52 which allows a Court to modify permanent parenting plans if there are minimal or no changes in the allocation of parenting time. For example, this will allow a Court to modify minor changes to pick up or drop off times based on changes to the parties’ or child’s schedules or a change in which weeknight a parent has parenting time with his/her child based on the best interest of the child.

The New Hampshire Supreme had previously interpreted RSA 461-A:11 to allow for modification of final parenting plans in only certain limited circumstances absent an agreement of the parties. See In Re Muchmore, 159 N.H. 470 (2009)

HB 52 also allows for other modifications of permanent parenting plans other than to the parenting schedule and requests for relocation based on the best interest of the child standard.

HB 52 becomes effective August 13, 2011. For the text of the bill go to

Submitted By Andrea Labonte, Esq.