Parental Rights in New Hampshire
New Hampshire Parental Rights News
New Hampshire: One More Push Needed!
Last week, your calls made the difference. After the Committee of Conference initially killed H.B. 1431, the Parents’ Bill of Rights, the same committee reversed itself and approved the bill! This is unprecedented – and it is because you and so many parents like you stepped up and called your legislators and made your voices…
New Hampshire State Law and Parental Rights
New Hampshire does not have a state statute that explicitly defines and protects parental rights as fundamental rights.
- New Hampshire RSA 461-A:6 outlines determination of parental rights and responsibilities; as well as the factors evaluated in decided best interest of the child.
- RSA 461-A:11 governs the modification of parental rights and responsibilities.
- RSA 461-A:13 establishes grandparent visitation rights.
- RSA 461-A:16 establishes the guidelines for appointing a guardian ad litem for children involved in proceedings regarding parental issues.
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New Hampshire Courts and Parental Rights
"Strict Scrutiny" Applied to Parental Rights
However, this precedent is subject to change.
Re R.A., 891 A.2d 564, 576 (N.H. 2005) (plurality) "As parental rights are fundamental and protected by due process, strict scrutiny should be applied when examining statutes dealing with these rights."