Bill Text: NH HB168 | 2015 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relative to grounds for divorce for persons with minor children.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2015-02-11 - Inexpedient to Legislate: Motion Adopted Voice Vote; House Journal 16, PG. 307 [HB168 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2015-HB168-Introduced.html

HB 168 – AS INTRODUCED

2015 SESSION

15-0582

05/06

HOUSE BILL 168

AN ACT relative to grounds for divorce for persons with minor children.

SPONSORS: Rep. Groen, Straf 10; Rep. Hopper, Hills 2

COMMITTEE: Children and Family Law

ANALYSIS

This bill permits no fault divorce based on irreconcilable differences only if the parties do not have minor children.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

15-0582

05/06

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Fifteen

AN ACT relative to grounds for divorce for persons with minor children.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Causes for Divorce; Irreconcilable Differences; Limited to Cases Without Minor Children. Amend RSA 458:7-a to read as follows:

458:7-a Absolute Divorce, Irreconcilable Differences. If the parties do not have minor children, divorce from the bonds of matrimony shall be decreed, irrespective of the fault of either party, on the ground of irreconcilable differences which have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage. In any pleading or hearing of a petition for divorce under this section, allegations or evidence of specific acts of misconduct shall be improper and inadmissible, except [where parental rights and responsibilities are an issue and such evidence is relevant to establish that a particular allocation of parental rights and responsibilities would be detrimental to the child or] at a hearing where it is determined by the court to be necessary to establish the existence of irreconcilable differences. If, upon hearing of an action for divorce under this section, both parties are found to have committed an act or acts which justify a finding of irreconcilable differences, a divorce shall be decreed and the acts of one party shall not negate the acts of the other nor bar the divorce decree. The court’s findings and decree may be based on oral testimony or written stipulations of the parties.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect January 1, 2016.

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