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New Hampshire Bill HB 1301 will prohibit no-fault divorce for parents with minor children

We are having a strategy meeting on HB1301(removes irreconcilable differences as a reason for divorce for people with minor children) Thursday the 27th at 3pm. It will be in room 306 of the Legislative Office Building.

The hearing on HB1301 is Jan 8 11:00 RM206, LOB.

Have a Good Christmas and hope to see you Thursday.


Rep. Gary Hopper

529 7728

Rep. Gary S. Hopper, Hills 5, New Hampshire, is introducing Bill HB1301,

AN ACT relative to grounds for divorce for persons with minor children.
   This bill permits no fault divorce based on irreconcilable differences only if there are no minor children of the parties. (Details after Rep. Hopper's introduction)

Life starts with unlimited dreams. We look to mom and dad for the hand we need to realize them, but for so many little ones the hand they reach for is only there every other weekend.

In 1960, 1 in 100 children tried to end their lives. In 1990, 1 in 20 became so desperate as to make an attempt on their life. We have to send the kids to schools that have metal detectors, many pack their books in clear packs for security reasons.

Why are young people killing each other? Why have our test scores declined? Why are our daughters becoming mothers far to soon, and why, with so much, are our children so unhappy?

While Blacks are disproportionately represented in jail, Asian youth are disproportionately seen in Harvard. 3/4th of Asian children are raised with both biological parents, only 1/4th of Blacks children are brought up in a home with both mom and dad.

As we march our children off to school this fall, we shouldn't blame the teachers for our children's failings, we should look to ourselves, for we have robbed them of the security they need to thrive. When one in two marriages end in divorce, it should come as no surprise that our children seem to fight just to keep their heads above water.

Representative Gary S Hopper
Weare New Hampshire

e-mail: Gary S Hopper 4pickles@mindspring.com
Tel: (603) 529 7728

Here is a list of the subcommittee members. If you could contact them and express your support for HB1301 it would be helpful.

The List of Subcommittee Members for HB1301

Edward P. Moran (r) 472-5912
19 Ministerial Rd
Bedford,NH 03110

Lionel W. Johnson (d) 668-4486
276 Central St
Manchester,NH 03103

Irene A. Pratt (d) 239-4597
66 Clark Rd
Winchester,NH 03470

Carolyn M. Gargasz (r) 465-7463
PO Box 1223 cgargasz@cs.com
Hollis,NH 03049

Child and Family Committee
phone numbers are all 603 exchanges

 Chair. Patricia A. Dowling (r) 432-8080
29 Sunset Ave queenbpat@msn.com
Derry, NH 03038

VChair L Randy Lyman (r) 539-2212
PO Box 148 advocacy@nh.adelphia.net
Ossipee, 03864

Thomas I. Arnold Jr. (r) 673-4137
10 Milford St TIArnold@yahoo.com
Brookline, 03033

Edward P. Moran (r) 472-5912
19 Ministerial Rd
Bedford, 03110

Daniel C. Itse (r) 642-5713
PO Box 70 itse@nh.ultranet.com
Freemont, NH 03044

Claire B. McHugh (r) 889-3251
61 lin Ave gmchugh@ma.ultranet.com
Nashua,NH 03063

Ruth Ginsburg (d) 882-8647
6 Dover St ginsburg@tiac.net
Nashua,NH 03063

Christine M. Furman (r) 888-3543
14 Middle Dunstable Rd
Nashua,NH 03062

Cynthia J. Dokmo (r) 673-0395
PO Box 577 cyndokmo@aol.com
Amherst, 03031

Lionel W. Johnson (d) 668-4486
276 Central St
Manchester,NH 03103

Gary C. Greenberg (r) 627-4484
145 McQuesten St
Manchester,NH 03102

David A. Bickford (r) 859-7899
183 Brackett Rd david1@worldpath.net
New Durham,NH 03855

Irene A. Pratt (d) 239-4597
66 Clark Rd
Winchester,NH 03470

Anne C. Grassie (d) 332-8562
9 Central Ave grassie@usa.net
Rochester, NH 03867

Mary Stuart. Gile (d) 224-2278
35 Penacook St
Concord, NH 03301

Karen K. Hutchinson (r) 434-9415
11 Buttrick Rd
Londonderry, NH 03053

David M. Bouchard (r) 883-4317
22 Tamarack St merchrep@aol.com
Hudson, NH 03051

Carolyn M. Gargasz (r) 465-7463
PO Box 1223 cgargasz@cs.com
Hollis, NH 03049

Christopher J. Seibel (r) 635-7941
5 Spring St JC@seibel.mv.com
Pelham, NH 03076

David C. Allison (d) 543-3481
RR 2 Box 889 dcallison@adelphia.net
Cornish, NH 03745

Laura C. Pantelakos (d) 436-2148
528 Dennett St
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Barbara Hull. Richardson 239-8346
101 Morgan Rd
Richmond, NH 03470

Diane T. Palermo 642-6350
PO Box 123 DianeForRep@aol.com
E Kingston, NH 03827



http://gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2001/HB1301.html (link no longer functions)





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

SPONSORS: Rep. Hopper, Hills 5; Rep. Matthew Quandt, Rock 20; Rep. Gilman, Graf 1; Rep. Stohl, Coos 1; Sen. Boyce, Dist 4; Sen. Roberge, Dist 9; Rep. Johnson, Dist 3

COMMITTEE: Children and Family Law


This bill permits no fault divorce based on irreconcilable differences only if there are no minor children of the parties. ....

[Full text at http://gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2001/HB1301.html] (Link no longer functions)

Information concerning the ravages visited on children through divorce and separation:

1.) Fagan, Patrick and Robert Rector — The Effects of Divorce on America, A Heritage Foundation report that identifies beyond any doubt that the epidemic of divorce is destroying society:

Each year, over 1 million American children suffer the divorce of their parents; moreover, half of the children born this year to parents who are married will see their parents divorce before they turn 18. Mounting evidence in social science journals demonstrates that the devastating physical, emotional, and financial effects that divorce is having on these children will last well into adulthood and affect future generations.

Fiscal conservatives should realize that federal and state governments spend $150 billion per year to subsidize and sustain single-parent families. By contrast, only $150 million is spent to strengthen marriage.

Thus, for every $1,000 spent to deal with the effects of family disintegration, only $1 is spent to prevent that disintegration

2.) Fagan, Patrick — How Broken Families Rob Children of Their Chances for Future Prosperity, a Heritage Foundation Report, June 11, 1999 (Available as a PDF document at http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/1999/pdf/bg1283.pdf)

3.) A compelling status report and useful suggestions for solutions are provided in the report by the Heritage Foundation Marriage: The Safest Place for Women and Children, by Patrick F. Fagan and Kirk A. Johnson, Ph.D. Backgrounder #1535.

4.) The Impact of Divorce on Our Children 

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