Honey Hastings, Mediator

Ms. Hastings offers mediation in all areas of family law, including divorce, parenting, adult family, and elder care. She has offered mediation services since 1995. These have included both private mediation and services for the courts since New Hampshire began that program.

Her basic mediation trainings were with Alternative - A Center for Mediation (Keene, New Hampshire) and Elder Decisions (Newton, Massachusetts). She has taken advanced mediation training with Alternatives, Boston Law Collaborative, Association for Family and Conciliation Courts, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and New Hampshire Judicial Branch.

Honey Hastings, experienced family and divorce mediator She is a member of the New Hampshire Conflict Resolution Association, of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), and Association for Family and Conciliation Courts. Her ACR membership includes both Elder Decision-making and Family Sections, where she is one of 4 New Hampshire mediators designated as Advanced Practitioner in Family Mediation.

Ms. Hastings writes about family law topics for lay people, lawyers, mediators, and mental health professionals, using the "plain language" that was a hallmark of her 34 year legal practice. Her articles have appeared in various American Bar Association and New Hampshire Bar Association publications. The second edition of The New Hampshire Divorce Handbook was published in 2007.

Long an advocate for reform of New Hampshire's family law statutes, she drafted the Parental Rights and Responsibilities Act (2005) and several bills enacted in recent years. She speaks on family law and mediation issues, to both lay and professional audiences, on topics such as parental rights and responsibilities, retirement plans, child support laws, bankruptcy and divorce. Through Amoskeag Continuing Education, she presents continuing education programs approved for lawyers, mediators, and guardians ad litem.

Honey Hastings practiced family law in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire from 1982 to January 2016. Her law practice included: divorce, legal separation, post-divorce, parenting (custody), child support/alimony, property division (including retirement benefits), unwed families, paternity, and premarital agreements. She has also been called as an expert witness in lawyer discipline and malpractice cases.

In the final 10 years, Ms. Hastings restricted her law practice to helping people resolve conflicts using mediation, collaborative practice, unbundled legal services, and parenting coordination. While she has closed her law practice, she continues to provide mediation services to both private clients and the New Hampshire Circuit Court.

Ms. Hastings is an avid gardener, conservationist, and participant in town government.

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