THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
CHILD IMPACT PROGRAM NOTICE
All parties involved in a divorce, or actions involving parental rights and responsibilities and
child support are required by law to attend a CHILD IMPACT PROGRAM. This is a four-hour
informational seminar on how to help children deal with issues surrounding divorce, separation and
parental rights and responsibilities. The seminar provides strategies, ideas and tools for helping
children. Parents may attend the course separately or together.
Both parties must complete the seminar within 45 days of the date the respondent was served
with the petition. Seminar registration is expected PRIOR TO the First Appearance court session.
After you attend the seminar, a certificate of completion will be forwarded to the court by the provider.
Failure to attend the seminar will result in appropriate sanctions being ordered by the court,
which may include being held in contempt of court and sentenced to jail or payment of a fine or both.
If you need additional time to complete the seminar, you must file a motion with the court,
requesting the additional time. These motion forms are available at the court.
The court may exempt you from attendance at the seminar if:
You are incarcerated;
You have previously attended the seminar;
The Division of Child Support has brought an action to enforce or modify an existing
Exceptional circumstances exist which indicate good cause for the court to grant an
If you think you should be exempted, you must file a motion with the court requesting the
exemption. These motion forms are available at the court. In the case of domestic violence, if there
has been no exemption granted by the court, the parties should attend separate seminars.
The fee for the seminar is $85.00 per person and must be paid to the seminar provider in
advance. If you are unable to afford the seminar fee, contact the seminar provider.
The seminar is offered at different locations and times.
PLEASE CALL ONE OF THE
SEMINAR PROVIDERS LISTED ON THE NEXT PAGE/REVERSE SIDE IMMEDIATELY FOR MORE
INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER FOR A SEMINAR.
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