Family Practice

Family Practice

Divorce & Child Custody Dispute Lawyers

The divorce and child custody dispute attorneys at Cohen & Winters know how to represent your rights in divorce and child custody disputes. In New Hampshire, most Circuit Courts have a Family Division. The Family Division handles matters such as divorce, parenting petitions, restraining ordersdelinquency petitions and abuse and neglect cases.

Generally, all of these matters begin when you file a petition in the Family Division where the parties reside. Each Family Division makes many of its forms available on its website.

Once you file a petition, the Court generally requires you to serve the other party. After that, the Court schedules hearings, directs the parties to conduct discovery and ultimately issues orders. The divorce and child custody dispute attorneys at Cohen & Winters know how to represent their clients zealously at all stages of the proceedings!

The divorce and child custody dispute attorneys at Cohen & Winters regularly appear in the various Family Divisions around the State,  representing people in the following types of matters:

Divorce and Child Custody Dispute Attorneys’ Results:

  • Visitation Rights Protected:

    Andrew Winters represented a man whose ex-wife had falsely claimed that he had abused their son.  She had temporarily stripped his client of his right to visitation. Attorney Winters convinced the Judge that his client posed no danger to his son and that he was a fit parent. As a result, the Judge reinstated the client’s visitation rights.

  • Attorney’s Fees:

    Jonathan Cohen represented a woman who filed for a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend. The ex-boyfriend then filed a cross-petition alleging abuse the client. After Attorney Cohen’s cross-examination of the ex-boyfriend, the Judge denied his cross-petition.  The Judge granted the client’s petition, and ordered the ex-boyfriend to pay attorney’s fees and costs to the client.

  • Relocation:

    Elroy Sequeira represented a woman who wanted to move to a different state, but her son’s father objected.  Attorney Sequeira’s client truly needed to move in order to provide for a better life for her children and herself.  Attorney Sequeira successfully argued that his client’s request to relocate met the requirements of the relocation statute.  The Judge agreed with Attorney Sequeira and allowed his client to move, in spite of the father’s objections.

  • Advantageous Divorce Settlement:

    Andrew Winters represented a man going through a divorce who wanted to keep the house that he had brought into the relationship. Winters was able to negotiate an agreement that allowed his client to keep his house and get the divorce finalized in a reasonable time frame while avoiding a lengthy, expensive, and emotionally draining trial.

  • Modification of Parenting Plan:

    Jonathan Cohen represented a man who had been accused of violating a parenting plan. Cohen successfully defended his client and convinced the Court to modify the parenting plan so that his client got an increase in his time with his children and to order the children attend school in his client’s preferred school district.

  • Child custody dispute:

    Elroy Sequeira represented a man whose ex-girlfriend tried to get sole custody of their daughter.  The mother tried to convince the Judge that Attorney Sequeira’s client was abusive towards their daughter. Attorney Sequeira, however, argued that his client was a loving and kind father.  The Judge agreed with Attorney Sequeira and did not take away any parenting time from his client.

  • Restraining Order Defeated:

    Andrew Winters represented a man facing a domestic violence restraining order by his brother who claimed the client had assaulted and threatened him. Winters’ client was particularly concerned because having a restraining would have cost him the right to bear arms. After a hearing Winters was successful in convincing the judge to drop the restraining order and later was able to have his client’s firearms returned.

  • Restraining Order Dismissal:

    Elroy Sequeira represented a man facing a domestic violence retraining order by his ex-wife who claimed that he had threatened her. Attorney Sequeira’s client needed to avoid such a restraining order due to the nature of his employment.  Attorney Sequeira successfully argued to the Judge that his client did not threaten his ex-wife and did not present a credible threat to her.  The Judge agreed with Attorney Sequeira and dismissed the restraining order.

The lawyers of Cohen & Winters can help you in all family law matters — whether it’s a divorce, restraining order, or parenting petition. Contact us today for a free consultation of your needs.