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Jeanmarie Papelian

Jeanmarie Papelian

Director & Co-Chair of Family Law Group
City Hall Plaza,
900 Elm Street,
Manchester, NH 03101
Direct: 603.628.1355
Main: 603.625.6464
Fax: 603.625.5650

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Jeanmarie is the Co-Chair of McLane’s Domestic Relations Practice Group. She focuses on methods of alternate dispute resolution to assist families in solving their problems outside of the courtroom. She is an experienced collaborative practitioner, marital mediator, neutral evaluator and parenting coordinator.

Jeanmarie is an experienced trial lawyer whose many years of practice in family court has convinced her that it is in the best interest of families to resolve disputes without litigation.

She received her J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School (1991) and her B.A., Honors, from McGill University (1988). Jeanmarie was an Editor of the Suffolk University Law Review and served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Justices of the New Hampshire Superior Court (1991-92).

Areas of Focus

  • Collaborative Practice
  • Family Law/Domestic Relations
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Marital Mediation
  • Parenting Coordination

Practice/Industry Groups
  • Divorce and Family Law
  • Litigation
  • Reported cases include: In the matter of Lemieux and Lemieux, 157 N.H. 370 (2008)
  • In the matter of Blanchflower and Blanchflower, 150 N.H. 226 (2003)
  • Stratford School District v. Employers Reinsurance Corp., 162 F.3d 718 (1st. Cir. NH)
  • Rockwell v. Cape Cod Hospital, 26 F.3d 254 (1st. Cir. 1994)

Jeanmarie is admitted to practice in Massachusetts (1991), and New Hampshire (1994). She is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association, the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, the Suffolk University Law School Alumni Association and the Parenting Coordinator Association of New Hampshire. She serves on the Board of Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire and is its former Chair. She also serves on the New Hampshire Bar Journal Editorial Board.


  • Jeanmarie has been elected Chair of the Editorial Board of the New Hampshire Bar Journal
  • Jeanmarie has been listed in Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America®, (Family Law) since 2008
  • Jeanmarie edited the MCLE Publication, A Practical Guide to Divorce in New Hampshire, and contributed the chapter on Collaborative Law.
  • BV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell


  • Faculty, New Hampshire Bar Association Practical Skills Course, Discovery Practice
  • Introduction & Review of the Issue: NH Bar Journal - Family Law Summer 2012 Issue
  • A Practical Guide to Discovery and Depositions in New Hampshire, author of chapter on Family Law Discovery
  • A Practical Guide to Divorce in New Hampshire, editor and author of chapter on Collaborative Law
  • Collaborative Divorce: Towards a Conflict- Free Divorce, (Published in ABA Family Law Litigation, Spring 2008)
  • Issue Editor of NH Bar Journal, Spring 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter at National Business Institute Seminar - Financial Divorce Settlements from Start to Finish CLE Course: Ethics - April 17, 2013
  • Presenter at New Hampshire Bar Association CLE Seminar: Discovery for NH Litigators - May 10, 2013
  • Presenter at University of New Hampshire Seminar, Risk Management for Mental Health Professionals Who Work with Families in Distress, May 2012
  • Presenter at New Hampshire Association for Justice Family Law Forum, Marital Estate Division & Valuation, February 2012
  • Presenter at New Hampshire Association for Justice Family Law Forum, Marital Estate Division & Valuation, February 2012
  • Presenter at New Hampshire Bar Association CLE, Issues Surrounding Modification of Parenting Plans, March 2011
  • Presenter at Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire CLE, Beyond Collaborative Basics for Family Law, June 2008
  • Presenter at New Hampshire Association for Justice Family Law Forum, Discovery and Preparation for Trial, February 2008
  • Presenter at Goffstown School District Workshop, Dealing with Parental Rights and Child Custody Issues, January 2008
  • Parenting New Hampshire Magazine, Frequently Asked Questions About Parenting After Divorce, September, 2005
  • New Hampshire Psychological Association Networker Newsletter: Restructuring Family Law: An Overview of Recent Changes, co- authored with Margaret Kerouac, October, 2005
  • Presenter at New England Pastoral Institute Workshop on Legal and Ethical Issues for Practitioners with Clients Involved in Domestic Relations Dispute, February, 2006
  • Jeanmarie is the Chair of Armenian Children's Milk Fund, a relief program which supplies infant formula to needy children in Armenia. Jeanmarie was recognized by the New Hampshire Bar Association for this work in "Giving Back: A Report on Volunteerism by New Hampshire Lawyers" view report. To view the Armenian Children's Milk Fund 20th Anniversary Video, please click here.
  • Jeanmarie is a long time member of the Board of Directors of the Armenian Missionary Association of America, a non-profit organization which provides educational, relief, social service and childcare ministries in 22 nations. Jeanmarie Co-Chairs the AMAA's Development Committee.
  • Member of Manchester Visiting Nurses Association Foundation Board
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Attorney Papelian authors A Practical Guide to Divorce in New Hampshire. 
To read a review of this publication, please click here.