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RULES OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE -- FAMILY DIVISION



SECTION 1 -- GENERAL PROVISIONS


Rule 1.1  Scope and Application

Rule 1.2  Waiver of Rules


Rule 1.3  Fees


Rule 1.4  Open to the Public


Rule 1.5  Courtroom Conduct


Rule 1.6  Recordings


Rule 1.7  Clerk's Office and Judge's Chambers


Rule 1.8  Case Transfer


Rule 1.9  Multiple Case Filings


Rule 1.10  Recusal


Rule 1.11 Interpreters


Rule 1.12  Scheduling


Rule 1.13  Computation and Extension of Time


Rule 1.14  Guardians ad Litem


Rule 1.15  Recommendations;/Ex Parte Orders


Rule 1.16  Appearances


Rule 1.17  Special Appearances


Rule 1.18  Non-Lawyer Representatives


Rule 1.19  Limited Representation by Attorneys


Rule 1.20  Withdrawal and New Representation


Rule 1.21  Pro Hac Vice Representation


Rule 1.22  Testimony of Attorney or Witness


Rule 1.23  Pleadings


Rule 1.24  Pleading Requirements


Rule 1.25  Discovery

Rule 1.25-A  Mandatory Initial Self Disclosure


Rule 1.26  Motions

Rule 1.27  Continuances


Rule 1.28  Offers of Proof


Rule 1.29  Photographing, Recording and Broadcasting


Rule 1.30  Access to Confidential Records -- Fees and Notice


Rule 1.31  Appeals to the Supreme Court


SECTION 2 -- DOMESTIC RELATIONS

Rule 2.1  Scope and Applicability

Rule 2.2  Application of New Hampshire Rules of Evidence


Rule 2.3  Beginning of Legal Action


Rule 2.4  Notice of Legal Action


Rule 2.5  Response to Legal Action


Rule 2.6  Default and Dismissal


Rule 2.7  Person Asserting Interest in Legal Action


Rule 2.8  Presence of Children


Rule 2.9  Emergency and Ex Parte Relief


Rule 2.10  Child Impact Seminar


Rule 2.11  First Appearance


Rule 2.12  Case Manager Conference


Rule 2.13  Mediation


Rule 2.14  Alternative Dispute Resolution


Rule 2.15  Appointment of Guardian ad Litem


Rule 2.16  Financial Affidavits


Rule 2.17  Child Support Documents


Rule 2.18  Parenting Plans


Rule 2.19  Temporary Hearing


Rule 2.20  Scheduling Conference


Rule 2.21  Pretrial Conference


Rule 2.22  Uncontested Final Hearing for Divorce or Legal Separation


Rule 2.23  Settlements and Agreements


Rule 2.24  Contested Final Hearing


Rule 2.25  Vital Statistics Form


Rule 2.26  Decrees in Divorce or Legal Separation


Rule 2.27  Decrees in Parenting Petitions Actions


Rule 2.28  Qualified Domestic Relations Orders


Rule 2.29  Effective Dates


Rule 2.30  Modification of Final Decree


Rule 2.31  Enforcement of Court Order

SECTION 3 -- JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AND CHILDREN IN NEED OF SERVICES

Rule 3.1  Scope

Rule 3.2  Multiple Representation of Juveniles


Rule 3.3  Discovery


Rule 3.4  Acknowledgement of Rights and Waiver of Counsel


Rule 3.5  Affirmative Defenses


Rule 3.6  Conditions of Release


Rule 3.7  Notice and Right to be Heard -- Foster Parents, Pre-Adoptive Parents, and Relative Caregivers


Rule 3.8  Consultation with Juvenile Regarding Proposed Permanency Plan and/or Transition Plan


Rule 3.9  Protection of Children in Sex-Related Cases


Rule 3.10  Juvenile Drug Court


Rule 3.11  Automatic Withdrawal of Court-Appointed Counsel


SECTION 4 -- ABUSE AND NEGLECT

Rule 4.1  Scope

Rule 4.2  Attendance of Non-Parties


Rule 4.3  Open Hearings


Rule 4.4  Notice and Right to be Heard -- Foster Parents, Pre-Adoptive Parents, and Relative Caregivers


Rule 4.5  Consultation with Child Regarding Proposed Permanency Plan and/or Transition Plan


SECTION 5 -- GUARDIANSHIP OF MINORS

Rule 5.1  Scope

Rule 5.2  Proper Filing


Rule 5.3  Notice


Rule 5.4  Attendance at Hearing


Rule 5.5  Reports of the Guardian


Rule 5.6  Reports of the Parent


Rule 5.7  Termination of Guardianship


Rule 5.8  Confidentiality


SECTION 6 -- SURRENDERS OF PARENTAL RIGHTS

Rule 6.1  Scope

Rule 6.2  In Lieu of Termination Hearing


Rule 6.3  Background Information


Rule 6.4  Notice


Rule 6.5  Time to Request Hearing


Rule 6.6  Proper Signing of Surrender


Rule 6.7  Parent Under Eighteen


Rule 6.8  Fraud or Duress


Rule 6.9  Withdrawal


SECTION 7 -- ADOPTIONS

Rule 7.1  Scope


SECTION 8 -- TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS

Rule 8.1  Scope


SECTION 9  -- NAME CHANGE ACTIONS

Rule 9.1  Scope

Rule 9.2  Separate Petition Required


Rule 9.3  Jurisdiction


Rule 9.4  Proper Filing


Rule 9.5  Criminal Background Check


Rule 9.6  Notice


Rule 9.7  Minor Child Name Change


Rule 9.8  Hearing Not Required


Rule 9.9  Presence at Hearing of Older Child


Rule 9.10  Certificate of Change of Name


SECTION 10 -- DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Rule 10.1  Scope


SECTION 11 -- NOMINATIONS, APPOINTMENTS AND REAPPOINTMENTS OF MARITAL MASTERS

Rule 11.1  Original Nominations

Rule 11.2  Reappointment

 
FORMS

Some Family Division Forms are available on the Judicial Branch Website.  Either click on the following link (Family Division Forms), or return to the Judicial Branch home page, click on "Family Division" in the menu on the left side of the page, and then click on "Forms" in the menu on the left side of that page.  To return to the Judicial Branch home page, click on return.

 

NOTE: The rules as published herein are subject to revisions promulgated from time to time by the New Hampshire Supreme Court and published in the New Hampshire Bar News. See Supreme Court Rules 1 and 51.

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