You may have missed our monthly newsletters.  With the new year, we are back with updates and interesting aspects of our legal system.  If you have any content you would like us to cover in future postings, please do not hesitate to reach out to the office.

Did You Know There are New Child Support Guidelines?

The Child Support Guidelines were officially amended on September 15, 2017, with the form being amended in June 2018.  Click here to learn about the major changes.
Did You Know . . .?

Adultery Law in MA
The primary adultery law, which criminalized adultery, was repealed by Chapter 155 of the Acts of 2018.

This is an important development in domestic relations practice, as an individual committing adultery can no longer plead the fifth amendment to avoid questions regarding their extramarital relationship(s). Although no longer criminal, adultery is still a justification for an "at fault" divorce. Additionally, conduct is one factor the court will consider when allocating marital assets.

Child Abduction
There is a law that may be implemented by the Probate Court to prevent child abductions. It is a "do not deport list" created as a registry under federal law to limit child abductions. This is particularly important in cases where a parent may be a dual (or more) passport holder. A probate judge handling custody cases where dual passport holders contest custody, or where t here is concern that a parent may abduct a child, can issue an order prohibiting the parent from leaving the country with the child. A request may also be made to the judge to have the child's name placed on such a list. If a parent then tries to board an international flight with a child's name on the list, the transportation secretary administration receives an alert while scanning the child's passport and it prevents them from boarding.

On September 14, 2018, Attorney Melaney Hodge was sworn in as a member of the New Hampshire Bar. Congratulations Attorney Hodge!
Have you been greeted a little differently at the office in the last few months? Perhaps you noticed a curled-up fluff ball near Attorney Ryan's chair? Or you heard the thump, thump of a wagging tail as you entered her office? Or maybe it was those big eyes staring at you as she put her paws on the desk and stood up to say hello. That's Molly Collie, Attorney Ryan's bearded collie, who spends time at the office each week when she isn't at A Fox & Hounds Pet Care. No need for treats, she just loves to be with people, and hopes to receive a pat or two or a hug. And who can resist her?
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