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9 Things to do Before Filing for Divorce

9 Things to Do Before Filing for Divorce

June 13, 2018 by

Thinking about filing for divorce but overwhelmed by a daunting process? Being prepared is key. Every situation is different. From our experience, however, there are things that come up in a divorce that a little preparation may help avoid. Here are 9 great tips for what to do before filing for divorce: 1.Maintain Your Lifestyle and Spending Patterns After a...

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Hit by Uninsured Motorist

6 Helpful Tips if You are Hit by an Uninsured Driver

May 15, 2018 by

Sadly, there are many drivers are on the road without insurance. This is especially true in New Hampshire, which is the only state that does not require a driver to have insurance. So what to do if you are hit by an uninsured motorist? Or what about if you are struck by a driver who leaves the scene altogether and can’t...

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Medical Bills After a Car Accident

April 14, 2018 by

Many people wonder how to pay for medical bills after a car accident. Should it be health insurance, car insurance, or the other driver’s insurance? Or should you just wait until the other driver’s insurance company finally pays before paying the medical bills? These are complicated questions and the right answer can vary by case. Medical Payments Coverage Medical payments...

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Opinion Testimony is Very Limited

March 14, 2018 by

People often ask, what evidence is allowed in court? Witnesses can generally testify about what they personally saw or heard. When it comes to their opinions, however, the rules are very strict. A recent New Hampshire Supreme Court decision illustrates this point well. Mother as a Witness The prosecutor charged the defendant, Richard Waite, with multiple counts of sexually abusing...

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Immigrants Facing Removal Can be Detained Indefinitely

March 6, 2018 by

Major Immigration Ruling The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that immigrants who are waiting to be removed from the country can be held indefinitely without a bail hearing. ICE usually holds immigrants facing removal in an immigration detention facility, which is like a jail. The people in these jails may have come to the country without permission. Or they...

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Child Support Is Not Automatically Reduced When One of Multiple Children Reaches Majority

February 15, 2018 by

Wendy and Michael White divorced in 2003. The judge ordered Michael to pay child support for their two children. Their older child was 18 and graduated high school in 2014. By New Hampshire law, therefore, there was no longer a support obligation for the older child after he graduated. If there was only child, Michael’s payments would stop automatically. But...

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Child Support When There is Equal Custody

January 14, 2018 by

Child Support Guidelines Heath Gosselin filed to reduce the child support to his ex-wife, Kathryn Page. In child support cases, the first thing the Judge always has to do is calculate the “guidelines“. Using the income of both parents, and tables provided by law, the Judge figures out the guidelines number. The Judge should start with the presumption that the...

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No Contact Orders As Part Of Restraining Orders And Bail Conditions

January 3, 2018 by

ATTORNEY CRIMINALLY CHARGED In the opinion of Gallant’s Case, issued December 29, 2017, the New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld the suspension of Attorney John F. Gallant from the practice of law. The case demonstrates the intersection between family law and criminal law. Attorney Gallant represented his former law partner whose ex-girlfriend obtained a restraining order against him. Attorney Gallant was...

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DMV Decision to Require an Ignition Interlock Device

December 15, 2017 by

Patrick Roland pled guilty to DWI. Although he had a prior DWI on his record, the plea bargain changed it to a “first” offense. This is a common plea bargain in DWI cases. From the prosecutor’s perspective it avoids the time and expense in taking the case to trial. The prosecutor also eliminates the risk of losing with no conviction...

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A Case Concerning Pretrial Credit

December 4, 2017 by

Pretrial Credit Case In the recently issued opinion of State v Theo Bosa the New Hampshire Supreme Court had occasion to clarify how pretrial credit should be calculated when a defendant has charges pending in different courts. Theo Bosa was charged with a felony level assault of his girlfriend in Superior Court. He also had warrants that the police discovered...

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