"Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught." - Honore De Balzac..

Director's Thoughts

The law is not your enemy... its is your friend. Use it when you don't feel you have the strength to handle what life throws at you. Use it to get you what you deserve... what is rightfully yours. Never let anyone convince you to walk away from what is rightfully yours. Otherwise, you will blame yourself later.

Pattie S. Christensen, Director


National Womens Law Center
The National Women's Law Center works to increase the economic security of low-income women and children by helping them secure needed child support and improving other income support programs.

Legal information articles for women

Know your rights! Find info about teen dating violence, domestic abuse, and sexual assault.

Information on child custody (based on New Hampshire law)



Book Reviews

Difficult Conversations: How To Discuss What Matters Most, by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Shiela Heen, reviewed by LauraE, “Asking for a raise. Ending a relationship. Giving a critical performance review. Saying no to someone in need. Confronting disrespectful or hurtful behavior. Disagreeing with the majority in a group. Apologizing.” (page xxvii)

Most of us say, “Ouch, ouch, and ouch!” These are extremely hard conversations to have be it with friends, neighbors, coworkers, and even our own children. A difficult conversation is anything you find it hard to talk about.

Clear and instructional, reading and implementing the strategies outlined in this book can help you navigate through even the toughest of conversations. In particular, I appreciate the checklist found on page 233. It could be used for a quick brush-up before entering a difficult conversation.

The 10th-anniversary edition includes the main text of the original publishing intact, and also includes “Ten Questions People Ask About Difficult Conversations.” This section is a great addition to the book.

Be brave!—and give this book a real, honest try.