Bill Text - HB134 (2018)

Relative to causes for divorce.


Revision: Jan. 22, 2018, 10:34 a.m.

HB 134-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

3Jan2018... 2407h

2017 SESSION

17-0090

05/03

 

HOUSE BILL 134-FN

 

AN ACT relative to causes for divorce.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Itse, Rock. 10; Rep. K. Rice, Hills. 37; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Sen. Avard, Dist 12

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill:

 

I.  Amends the cause for divorce in RSA 458:7, VII from habitual drunkard to habitual abuser of alcohol or other drugs.

 

II.  Adds domestic violence and child abuse to the causes for divorce in RSA 458:7.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

3Jan2018... 2407h 17-0090

05/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to causes for divorce.

 

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

 

1  Grounds for Divorce.  Amend RSA 458:7, VII to read as follows:

VII.  When either party is an habitual [drunkard] abuser of alcohol or other drugs, and has been such for 2 years together.

2  New Paragraphs; Grounds for Divorce Based on Domestic Violence or Child Abuse.  Amend RSA 458:7 by inserting after paragraph XIII the following new paragraphs:

XIV.  When either party has committed one or more acts of domestic violence, as defined in RSA 173-B:1.

XV.  When either party has been found to have abused or neglected a child under RSA 169-C.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

17-0090

Amended 1/22/18

 

HB 134-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2017-2407h)

 

AN ACT relative to causes for divorce.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

The Legislative Budget Assistant has determined that this legislation, as amended, has a total fiscal impact of less than $10,000 in each of the fiscal years 2019 through 2022.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Judicial Branch

 

 

 

HB 134-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

3Jan2018... 2407h

2017 SESSION

17-0090

05/03

 

HOUSE BILL 134-FN

 

AN ACT relative to causes for divorce.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Itse, Rock. 10; Rep. K. Rice, Hills. 37; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Sen. Avard, Dist 12

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill:

 

I.  Amends the cause for divorce in RSA 458:7, VII from habitual drunkard to habitual abuser of alcohol or other drugs.

 

II.  Adds domestic violence and child abuse to the causes for divorce in RSA 458:7.

 

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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.

3Jan2018... 2407h 17-0090

05/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to causes for divorce.

 

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

 

1  Grounds for Divorce.  Amend RSA 458:7, VII to read as follows:

VII.  When either party is an habitual [drunkard] abuser of alcohol or other drugs, and has been such for 2 years together.

2  New Paragraphs; Grounds for Divorce Based on Domestic Violence or Child Abuse.  Amend RSA 458:7 by inserting after paragraph XIII the following new paragraphs:

XIV.  When either party has committed one or more acts of domestic violence, as defined in RSA 173-B:1.

XV.  When either party has been found to have abused or neglected a child under RSA 169-C.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

17-0090

Amended 1/22/18

 

HB 134-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2017-2407h)

 

AN ACT relative to causes for divorce.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

The Legislative Budget Assistant has determined that this legislation, as amended, has a total fiscal impact of less than $10,000 in each of the fiscal years 2019 through 2022.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Judicial Branch