Family Law New Hampshire offers a wide range of services for New Hampshire residents. Whether you’re seeking a divorce or other critical family law legal services, and you live in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem or any cities or towns across the State of New Hampshire, Attorney Edrea M. Grabler can assist you with cases in the following 12 specialty areas:

1.    Divorce (New Hampshire)

2.    Alimony (New Hampshire)

3.    Property Division (New Hampshire)

4.    Custody or “Parental Rights and Responsibilities” (New Hampshire)

5.    Child Support (New Hampshire)

6.    Changes to Previous Orders or “Modifications” (New Hampshire)

7.    Paternity (New Hampshire)

8.    Guardianships (New Hampshire)

9.    Terminations of Parental Rights (New Hampshire)

10.   Adoptions (New Hampshire)

11.   Prenuptial Agreements (New Hampshire)

12.  Wills and Trusts (New Hampshire)

If you are committed to achieving the best outcome for you and your family as it relates to any of the above-listed matters, please call Family Law New Hampshire’s Edrea M. Grabler at (603) 669-2933 or e-mail her at egrabler@familylawnewhampshire.com for a confidential consultation.  All initial consultations are free, as Attorney Grabler will only take on the clients she can truly help.  If your case is not the right fit for Family Law New Hampshire, Attorney Grabler will refer you to a firm that can help.

Want to learn a little more about the divorce services and other practice areas of Family Law New Hampshire?  

  • Scroll down to learn about each area of focus and Attorney Edrea M. Grabler’s expertise.  But, for immediate expert feedback (and a confidential perspective about your situation), please contact Attorney Grabler directly at (603) 669-2933.  The call is free.  She will help assess the specifics of your case.  She will recommend the best course of action.

1.   Divorce

  • Divorce is the legal dissolution or ending of a marriage.  In a divorce proceeding,  court orders are issued to address all issues needed to dissolve the marriage, which include the division of property, alimony or spousal support, custody of the children (now called “the assignment of parental rights and responsibilities”), child support, health and life insurance, and debt.  Attorney Edrea M. Grabler has been helping New Hampshire residents with divorces for the past 20 years.  Her clients have been of varying ages and financial backgrounds.  She has represented clients in both long and short term marriages, often where there are kids, and sometimes where there are none.  Contact Attorney Grabler to help you achieve your best divorce outcome.  Do you live in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem or other cities or towns in New Hampshire?  Contact Edrea M. Grabler for help at (603) 669-2933.

2.   Alimony

  • Alimony is the court-ordered payment of support by one spouse to another in a divorce or legal separation.  New Hampshire residents often ask whether there are laws allowing for alimony awards in this State.  The New Hampshire Circuit Court – Family Division is likely to order alimony if one spouse is in need of support and the other spouse has the ability to pay the support.  Attorney Edrea M. Grabler has represented clients seeking alimony as well as clients objecting to their spouse being awarded alimony.   Do you live in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem or other cities or towns in New Hampshire?  Contact Edrea M. Grabler for help at (603) 669-2933.

3.   Property Division

  • In divorce, the New Hampshire Circuit Court – Family Division divides assets that you and your spouse acquired during the marriage.  This property includes real estate, all types of financial accounts, investments like stocks and bonds, and retirements accounts like 401(k)’s, IRA’s, and pensions.  The Court presumes that a 50/50 split of assets is fair, but there are certain factors that may lead the Court to order an unequal division.  These factors include the length of the marriage, the spouses’ ages, the ability of each spouse to acquire future assets, and each spouse’s contribution to the marriage.  During her years practicing family law in New Hampshire, Attorney Edrea M. Grabler has handled divorce cases in which the couple has had a high net worth as well as cases in which there has been very little property to divide.  Do you live in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem or other cities or towns in New Hampshire?  Contact Edrea M. Grabler for help at (603) 669-2933.

4.   Custody or “Parental Rights and Responsibilities”

  • In New Hampshire, the legal term for “getting custody” of a child is “the assignment of parental rights and responsibilities.”  If you have minor kids and are divorcing or separating from the other parent, you need to get a “Parenting Plan.”   This Plan is an order issued by the Circuit Court – Family Division that provides who makes major decisions for the kids and when they will be with each parent.  Over the past 20 years, Attorney Edrea M. Grabler has represented many parents getting divorced or separated.  She has helped them get Parenting Plans in their kids’ best interests.  Do you live in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem or other cities or towns in New Hampshire?  Contact Edrea M. Grabler for help at (603) 669-2933.

5.   Child Support

  • If you have minor children and are divorcing or separating from the other parent, you may be entitled to child support.  In New Hampshire, support is calculated based on Child Support Guidelines established by the State.  However, the Guidelines calculate “full” child support – that is, for situations in which the kids live primarily with one parent.  If your children spend about equal time with both parents or if other factors exist – like extraordinarily high health or educational expenses, extraordinarily high or low income of either parent, the presence of stepparents, stepkids, or other children in the home, or especially high costs associated with exercising parenting time – the Child Support Guideline calculation may be adjusted so that one parent pays more or less than the Guideline amount.  Over the past 20 years, Attorney Edrea M. Grabler has represented many clients in child support cases.  Depending on the circumstances, she has successfully secured “full” child support or adjustments to the Guidelines.  Do you live in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem or other cities or towns in New Hampshire?  Contact Edrea M. Grabler for help at (603) 669-2933.

6.   Changes to Previous Orders or “Modifications”

  • If you have final orders in a divorce, parenting, or child support case, and sometime after the orders go into effect, a major change occurs, making the orders difficult to follow, you need to ask the court for a “modification.”  A common situation in which to request a modification is when you have lost your job and you need your child support or alimony obligation changed.  Keep in mind that modifications to final property divisions in divorce and modifications to parenting schedules in final Parenting Plans are granted by the court in very limited situations, although modifications to child support can be ordered by the court 3 years after the previous order.
  • Many final orders don’t work out as planned.  So, many clients come to Family Law New Hampshire because they need final orders “modified,” in that they simply aren’t working.  During the past 20 years, Attorney Edrea M. Grabler has successfully helped many clients in post-divorce, alimony, parenting, and child support cases get relief from orders that are no longer workable.  Do you live in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem or other cities or towns in New Hampshire?  Contact Edrea M. Grabler for help at (603) 669-2933.

7.   Paternity

  • Paternity cases generally arise when the father of a child has not been established on a birth certificate or by sworn statement.  If you are the mother of a child whose paternity hasn’t been established, you need to file a Petition for Paternity in the New Hampshire Circuit Court – Family Division.  If you believe you are the father of a child and want to secure your parental rights and responsibilities, you need to file a Petition for Legitimation with the Family Division.  After a Petition has been filed, if one party contests paternity, the court will usually order that DNA testing be conducted.  Paternity issues sometimes arise in marriages as well.  In New Hampshire, there is a presumption that a child born during a marriage is the child of the couple, but sometimes during a divorce one parent establishes that a third party is the father.  During her 20 years of practicing family law in New Hampshire, Attorney Edrea M. Grabler has helped women establish the paternity of their children and helped men legitimize their kids and thereby secure parental rights and responsibilities. Are you the father? Is he the father? If you’re the mother, are you entitled to child support? Whether you’re seeking child support or looking to establish your parental rights, whatever your reason for seeking paternity, there are important legal steps to take.  Do you live in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem or other cities or towns in New Hampshire?  Contact Edrea M. Grabler for help at (603) 669-2933.

8.   Guardianships

  • In New Hampshire there are two types of guardianship, one over children and the other over incapacitated adults.  In addition, there are two sub-categories of each:  guardianship “over the person” and guardianships “over the estate.”  If you obtain a guardianship over someone’s “person,” it means that he or she is in your custody and you are responsible for his or her physical care.  If you have guardianship over someone’s “estate,” it means you are responsible for handling and managing that person’s finances.
  • In guardianships over minors, if you believe parents are unable to care for and raise a child, you need to file a Petition for Guardianship of Minor with the New Hampshire Circuit Court – Family Division.  As to guardianships over incapacitated adults, if you believe the adult is unable to provide for his or her personal needs, health, safety, or other necessities or can’t manage his or her finances, then you need to file a Petition for Guardian of Incapacitated Adult in the Circuit Court – Probate Division.  Attorney Edrea M. Grabler has successfully dealt with cases involving guardianships over children and adults during her 20 year career of practicing family law.  Do you live in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem or other cities or towns in New Hampshire?  Contact Edrea M. Grabler for help at (603) 669-2933.

9.   Termination of Parental Rights

  • Terminating someone’s parental rights means ending the legal relationship between that parent and child.  If you are seeking to do this, you need to file a Petition for Termination of Parental Rights with the New Hampshire Circuit Court – Family Division.  In the Petition, you must state a reason or “grounds” for terminating the parent’s rights.  Examples of grounds that are permitted under New Hampshire law are:  the parent has abandoned the child, has failed to support or care for the child, has caused the child to be abused or has failed to correct abusive or neglectful conditions, or has committed a serious crime.  Many New Hampshire Circuit Courts require that the parent whose rights are being terminated be replaced with an adoptive parent.  Over the 20 years Attorney Edrea M. Grabler has practiced family law in New Hampshire, she has successfully represented parties seeking to terminate parental rights of a party. Abuse, neglect, abandonment, and crime are just some of the issues that can create a valid (and urgent) reason to terminate parental rights.  If you are concerned about a child’s parent and believe there are grounds to terminate his or her parental rights, there are steps you can begin taking to achieve the outcome that you seek.  Do you live in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem or other cities or towns in New Hampshire?  Contact Edrea M. Grabler for help at (603) 669-2933.

10.   Adoption

  •  An adoption is a legal process in which non-biological parents are granted parental rights over a child or adult.  Adoptions in New Hampshire can take several different forms.  For example, there are private independent adoptions in which an individual or couple arranges to adopt a child from the biological parents; there are adoptions through the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth & Families, which generally involve the children of individuals whose parental rights have been terminated; there are international adoptions in which individuals adopt a child from another country; and there are stepparent adoptions in which the wife or husband of the biological parent adopts the spouse’s child.  During her 20 years of practicing family law in New Hampshire, Attorney Edrea M. Grabler has had experience working with clients on adoption cases — and is here to help you secure the outcome you seek.  Do you live in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem or other cities or towns in New Hampshire?  Contact Edrea M. Grabler for help at (603) 669-2933.

11.   Prenuptial Agreements

  • Prenuptial agreements are contracts that couples enter into before they get married.  Their purpose is to establish the property and financial support each spouse will get if the couple divorces or a spouse dies.  Prenuptial agreements are often used in the following situations:  where either or both members of the couple have children from prior marriages and want to protect property so that it passes on to their kids; where there is a big difference between the property or income of the members; where one member expects to receive property by way of gift or inheritance; and where a member wants to protect property that has been in the family for a long time, like a family business.  Over the past 20 years, Attorney Edrea M. Grabler has drafted and reviewed prenuptial agreements for parties.  However, keep in mind that it is important that each member of the couple have his or her own attorney in such situations.  If you are getting married in New Hampshire and thinking about getting a “prenup,” or simply have questions about the benefits of getting a “prenup,” Attorney Edrea M. Grabler can help. Do you live in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem or other cities or towns in New Hampshire?  Contact Edrea M. Grabler for help at (603) 669-2933.

12.   Wills and Trusts

  • Wills and trusts are documents that allow you to distribute your property to persons upon your death.  In New Hampshire, a will must be signed or executed in a particular manner.  Upon your death, the will generally goes through an administration process called “probate,” which occurs in the New Hampshire Circuit Court – Probate Division.  In contrast, a trust is a document that generally does not require probate administration.  Rather, the distribution of property to your beneficiaries usually takes place automatically upon your death.  There are many different types of trusts, for example, revocable trusts, which you are permitted to revoke at any time, irrevocable trusts, which cannot be revoked after signing, and special needs trusts, which allow a disabled person to receive inheritance without losing his or her eligibility for public benefits like social security disability.  During the course of her family law practice, Attorney Edrea M. Grabler has drafted many wills and trusts for clients.  Need help navigating this complex terrain?  Want to ensure that your will or trust is in order and helps you pass on your property as you would like? Do you live in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem or other cities or towns in New Hampshire?  Contact Edrea M. Grabler for help at (603) 669-2933.

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Manchester, NH divorce lawyer, Edrea M. Grabler, helps New Hampshire families in divorce, custody, and property matters. Whether you live in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem or in any city or town in the State of New Hampshire, Attorney Edrea M. Grabler is a lawyer who helps clients get the custody, property, and way of life they deserve. Are you considering divorce or thinking about filing another family law case? Do you need changes or “modifications” to a final divorce. custody, or child support order? Do you have a specific question about your case – perhaps about alimony, custody, or property? Whether you’re just beginning to think about filing for divorce or another family law case or you need to hire a lawyer immediately, pick up the phone and call Edrea M. Grabler at Family Law New Hampshire for a free consultation. Attorney Edrea M. Grabler has over 20 years experience in helping husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers obtain the best possible custody, property, and financial outcomes in New Hampshire family law cases. 
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