House Bill 591

What is HB 591?

House Bill 591 is AN ACT relative to the determination of parental rights based on the best interest of the child. This bill revises the standard for determining parental rights. The bill also repeals the court’s authority to award visitation to a stepparent or grandparent in a proceeding to determine parental rights and responsibilities.
 
 
Why is it so important for New Hampshire families?
 
 
 New Hampshire courts should enforce orders that provide for frequent and continuing contact between each parent and their minor child or children in a divorce proceeding jointly sharing the responsibilities of child-rearing and encouraging the love, affection between the children and the parents involved regardless of marital status.
 
 
Unless a court makes an explicit finding that such contact is not in the best interest of the child, strictly based upon circumstances such as one parent interfering with visitation time, parental kidnapping, neglect, or abuse, there should always be joint parental rights and responsibilities encouraged, as close to 50 percent parenting time for each parent as is possible given the parties availability and logistics, because it is always in the best interest of the child or children.
 
 

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT SHARED PARENTING IN OUR STATE.