In 2011, I moved to California from New Hampshire; my daughter still lives in New Hampshire but desires to move either to CA, or somewhere else with a year round warm climate, with her boyfriend later this fall.
My daughter is currently pregnant and her boyfriend, of 5 years, is the father. She also has a 6 year old girl from another man who has her dad’s last name but they never married. While he was not present during my daughter’s pregnancy, he was there on the day she delivered his daughter and for the first 6 months of her life until he was arrested at the age of 19. He was released from jail on probation but within a month of being on probation, he was caught doing more illegal activity and was sent back to prison where he will remain incarcerated for a total of 20 years.
My granddaughter’s dad told my daughter that he could care less if he ever sees his daughter. He was out of jail for 6 months when my granddaughter was 1 1/2 years old but he chose not to see her during that period of time, even though my daughter asked him to. After thinking about her options, my daughter felt it was best for her daughter not to get to know her dad since he had no desire anyway, has not paid child support
and the court said that while he is incarcerated, not making money, he won't be obligated to until he is out of jail, at which point my grandchild will be 21. My granddaughter’s grandparents however, have been involved with their grandchild in that they see her weekly, on some holidays and they invite her to family parties.
My daughter was doing fine allowing her daughter to see her dad’s family until she was about 3 and then, she started asking questions about her dad. As my daughter matured she started giving a lot of thought about what is best for her and her daughter going forward. Given that her daughters dad is incarcerated and will be for a total of 20 years, he is not and probably never will pay child support, he has said that he doesn't want anything to do with his daughter and lastly, the fact that every time her daughter visits her dads family, they talk about him making her daughter wants to see him and get to know him had forced my daughter to make a tough decision to not allow her daughter to be around her dads family anymore.
She changed her number and didn't answer mail from them. Her hope was that eventually her daughter would accept my daughter’s new boyfriend as her dad and move on with their life. However, her dad’s grandmother was saddened by not being able to see herr grandchild and as a result, took my daughter to court. The court said that NH is a state that has grandparent right laws and so, my daughter was told that she can't prevent her daughter from having communication or contact with his family and so, she allowed visitation with them once again.
A few more years have passed, my daughter is now 25, is more mature and is now in a serious relationship and is expecting a baby this summer with this man that she has been dating her since her daughter was 1 and so, she wants to start a new life with him.
My first question is can my daughter move out of New Hampshire since she is not involved with her daughters dad, they never married, he doesn't pay child support and he doesn't want anything to do with his daughter?
My second question is, if she can relocate out of state, what does the NH grandmother rights mean in regards XXXXX XXXXX relocation. In other words, can the grandparent rights force my daughter to stay in NH or just force her to allow them contact with their grandchild? If it forces her to allow them contact, does she have to give them her new address or just her phone contact information? She really doesn't want them visiting her daughter and she is hoping over time the phone contact will decrease or even cease on their end.