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2016 Committee to study RSA 461-A Relative to Parental Rights and Responsibilities

Legislative update Chapter 281(HB378) Effective 06/16/16 was established to review implementation of RSA 461-A.

The committee is comprised of four (4) members one of which is the Chair and Ranking Democrat for the Child and Family Committee, Chair of Committee is Rep Stephen Schmidt.

Committee is charged with addressing the following questions:

A. Did adoption of RSA 461-A meet the legislature’s goal of minimizing the adversarial nature of divorce and parenting cases?

B. Could RSA 461-A and RSA 458-C be amended to further reduce the adversarial nature of such proceedings?

C. Would specific guidelines for shared and split parenting cases improve outcomes and reduce conflict?

D. What effect has the loss of state funding for guardians ad litem had on low income cases?

The committee has heard testimony from Judges Folley and Kelly. A final report from the committee is planned for April 2017.