THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

SUPREME COURT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

O R D E R

          Pursuant to Part II, Article 73-a of the New Hampshire Constitution and Supreme Court Rule 51, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire approves a technical amendment to the title of the Family Division Pilot Project Rules as set forth in Appendix A; an amendment to Family Division (Domestic Relations) Rule 16, on a temporary basis, as set forth in Appendix B; and adoption, on a temporary basis, of new Family Division (Domestic Relations) Rules 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30 as set forth in Appendix C.  

          These amendments shall take effect immediately.   The temporary amendments in Appendices B and C shall be referred to the Advisory Committee on Rules for consideration of whether they should be adopted on a permanent basis.

 

November 15, 2005

ATTEST:   ___________________________
Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court
Supreme Court of New Hampshire

                                              


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    APPENDIX A

        Amend the title of the Family Division Pilot Project Rules by deleting the words "Pilot Project,"   so that the title of said rules shall be as follows:

FAMILY DIVISION RULES


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    APPENDIX B

        Amend Family Division (Domestic Relations) Rule 16 on a temporary basis by deleting said rule and replacing it with the following:

16.   Agreed Upon or Proposed Decrees:

       A.  Agreed upon or proposed decrees must be filed at all temporary or final divorce, legal separation or parenting hearings.  Any temporary decree for divorce or legal separation must follow the format set forth in Family Division Domestic Relations Rule 28A.  Any final decree for divorce or legal separation must follow the format set forth in Family Division Domestic Relations Rule 28B.  Any temporary or final decree for parenting actions must follow the format set forth in Family Division Domestic Relations Rule 29.

       B.   All stipulations, agreements, and proposed decrees shall be typewritten and signed by the parties and, if represented by counsel, by attorneys for the parties. The court may accept handwritten stipulations or agreements provided the parties file a typewritten substitute with the court within ten days. A typewritten substitute does not need to contain signatures.

   


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    APPENDIX C

        Adopt new Family Division (Domestic Relations) Rules 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30, on a temporary basis, as follows:   

26.   Parenting Plans:  

          A.   Parenting plans shall be filed in all divorce and legal separation actions where there are minor children, and in all parenting actions.   Parents shall work together to agree upon as many provisions of the parenting plan as possible.   Exceptions to the requirement that parents work together on parenting plans include cases where there is evidence of domestic violence, child abuse, or neglect, or as otherwise excused by the court.   

          B.   In any divorce, legal separation, or parenting action in which a temporary parenting order is requested, a temporary parenting plan must be filed at the temporary hearing.

          C.   A final parenting plan must be filed at the final hearing in any final divorce or legal separation action where there are minor children, and in all final parenting actions.

          D.   Parenting plans must be filed in all actions to modify final parenting plans or prior final parenting-related orders issued in divorce, legal separation, or custody actions.

          E.   Parties may use the parenting plan form provided by the court or may create their own parenting plan. However, parties who create their own parenting plans must adhere to the standard order of lettered paragraphs set forth at Family Division Domestic Relations Rule 27, Standard Order of Paragraphs for Parenting Plan.

          F.   All parenting plans required by this rule shall be filed as separate documents, signed by one or more parties.

          G.   For all actions requiring parenting plans, if a complete parenting plan is not agreed upon by the parties which includes every provision of the Standard Order of Paragraphs for Parenting Plan, a partially agreed-upon parenting plan, signed by the parties, and a proposed parenting plan for the remaining provisions must be filed by each party.


27.   Standard Order of Paragraphs for Parenting Plan:

          All parenting plans shall be set forth in the following order of paragraphs.   "N/A" may be used to denote paragraphs that do not apply to a particular situation.  

          A.           Decision Making Responsibility

                       1.   Major Decisions

                       2.   Day-to-Day Decisions

              3.   Other

          B.           Residential Responsibility & Parenting Schedule

              1.   Routine Schedule

              2.   Holiday and Birthday Planning

              3.   Three-day weekends

              4.   Vacation Schedule

                       5.   Supervised Parenting Time

              6.   Other Parental Responsibilities

          C.           Legal Residence of a Child for School Attendance

          D.           Transportation and Exchange of the Child(ren)

          E.           Information Sharing and Access, Including Telephone and           Electronic Access  

              1.   Parent-Child Telephone Contact

              2.   Parent-Child Written Communication

          F.           Relocation of a Residence of a Child

          G.           Procedure for Review and Adjustment of Parenting Plan

          H.           Method(s) for Resolving Disputes

          I.           Other Parenting Agreements Attached


28. Standard Order of Paragraphs for Temporary and Final Decrees on Divorce and Legal Separation:

          A.   Temporary: All temporary agreements and proposed decrees shall be set forth in the following order of paragraphs.   "N/A" may be used to denote paragraphs that do not apply to a particular situation.  

                    1.           Type of Case.

                    2.           Parenting Plan and Uniform Support Order.  

                    3.           Tax Exemptions for Children.  

                    4.           Guardian ad Litem Fees.  

                    5.           Alimony.  

                    6.           Health Insurance For Spouse.  

                    7.           Life Insurance.  

                    8.           Motor Vehicles.  

                    9.           Furniture and Other Personal Property.  

                    10.           Retirement Plans and Other Tax-Deferred Assets.  

                    11.           Other Financial Assets.  

                    12.           Business Interests of the Parties.  

                    13.           Division of Debt.  

                    14.           Marital Home.  

                    15.           Other Real Property.  

                    16.           Enforceability after Death.  

                    17.           Restraints against the Property.  

                    18.           Restraining Order.  

                    19.           Other Requests.


          B.   Final: All final agreements and proposed decrees shall be set forth in the following order of paragraphs.   "N/A" may be used to denote paragraphs that do not apply to a particular situation.

                    1.           Type of Case.

                    2.           Parenting Plan and Uniform Support Order.  

                    3.           Tax Exemptions for Children.  

                    4.           Guardian ad Litem Fees.  

                    5.           Alimony.  

                    6.           Health Insurance For Spouse.  

                    7.           Life Insurance.  

                    8.           Motor Vehicles.  

                    9.           Furniture and Other Personal Property.  

                    10.           Retirement Plans and Other Tax-Deferred Assets.  

                    11.           Other Financial Assets.  

                    12.           Business Interests of the Parties.  

                    13.           Division of Debt.  

                    14.           Marital Home.  

                    15.           Other Real Property.  

                    16.           Enforceability after Death.  

                    17.           Signing of Documents.  

                    18.           Restraining Order.  

                    19.           Name Change.

                    20.           Other Requests.


29.   Standard Order of Paragraphs for Decree on Parenting Petition:

          All agreements and proposed decrees in parenting actions shall be set forth in the following order of paragraphs.   "N/A" may be used to denote paragraphs that do not apply to a particular situation.

                    1.           Parenting Plan and Uniform Support Order.  

                    2.           Tax Exemptions for Children.  

                    3.           Guardian ad Litem Fees.  

                    4.           Life Insurance.  

                    5.           Enforceability after Death.  

                    6.           Restraining Order.  

                    7.           Other Requests.  


30.   Personal Data Sheet:

          At the time of filing any initial pleading or pleading that brings an action forward, the filing party shall, and the responding party may, file a completed personal data sheet. Should a party become aware of any change in addresses, telephone numbers, or employment during the pendency of a case or of any outstanding support order, that party shall notify the court of such change. Access to information contained in the personal data sheet shall be restricted to court personnel, the Office of Child Support, the court-appointed mediator, the guardian ad litem, the parties, and counsel unless a party has requested on the data sheet that it not be disclosed to the other party.