Author's Biography

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 NH Divorce MediatorHoney Hastings, experienced family and divorce mediator. She is a member of the New Hampshire Conflict Resolution Association, the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM), 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. She was a Founding Member of APFM. For 7 years, she served on the New Hampshire Family Mediator Certification Board.

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 36 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 and is updated yearly.

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 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.

In January 2016, Honey Hastings retired from her 34-year practice of family law, to focus on mediation. She mediates all sorts of family issues, including divorce, legal separation, post-divorce, parenting (custody), child support/alimony, property division (including retirement benefits), unwed families, paternity, premarital agreements, adult family, and elder law. Based on her experience on her town's ZBA and Conservation Commission, she mediates land use disputes.

She received her JD in 1980 from Boston College Law School and her BA from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in 1967. After graduation from law school, she drafted bills for the New Hampshire Legislature before opening her law practice.

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


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