Andrea Q. Labonte

Associate

alabonte@shaheengordon.com
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Andrea began her legal career in New Hampshire in 1997. Since then, she has experience with wide variety of family law and civil litigation cases. Andrea has focused primarily on family law and appeals since joining Shaheen & Gordon in 2012. She handles cases including, but not limited to, divorce, parenting (including parenting modifications and relocation), child support, alimony and modification and enforcement matters.

Andrea enjoys appellate work and has briefed and argued several family law and other appeals before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. In 2016, she was part of a successful appellate team that worked to clarify New Hampshire law on the issue of pre-marital cohabitation. Andrea is also trained in Collaborative Law and is a member of the New Hampshire Collaborative Law Alliance.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, Andrea attended the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) and received her Juris Doctorate in 1997.

Prior to joining Shaheen & Gordon, Andrea worked for law firms in Goffstown and Concord before working in the Domestic Relations Practice Group at Wiggin & Nourie, P.A. from 2008 to 2012.

Andrea is an active member of the New Hampshire Bar Association serving on its Delivery of Legal Services Committee. She is a frequent volunteer for the New Hampshire Pro Bono Program, regularly accepting pro bono cases and assisting with pro bono case reviews as well as serving on the Governing Board. She has also been on the faculty of several continuing legal education programs on family law, including Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements in 2015, Basic Family Law in 2010, and Pro Bono Divorce Camp in 2011 and 2017.


Associations

  • New Hampshire Collaborative Law Alliance, 2014-present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2014-present
  • American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators, 2015-present

Admissions

  • New Hampshire Bar Association, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire, 1997

Education

  • B.A. University of New Hampshire, 1991
  • J.D. University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center), 1997

Representative Cases

  • Appeal to the N.H. Supreme Court of a Final Divorce Order in a same sex marriage case

    Successful appeal to the N.H. Supreme Court challenging the trial court’s property distribution order based on a determination that the parties’ marriage was short term. The parties were a same sex couple who had resided together for approximately fifteen years before being joined in a civil union in 2008 when civil unions became law which then converted by operation of law to a marriage in 2011.

  • Appeal to the N.H. Supreme Court of an Interstate Child Support Case

    Successful appeal to the N.H. Supreme Court of an interstate child support case involving significant child support arrearages owed by a New Hampshire resident to a former spouse.

  • Appeal to the N.H. Supreme Court of a Final Divorce Order

    Successful appeal to N.H. Supreme Court of a Final Divorce Order. Court overturned all aspects of the Order (other than approval of an agreed upon parenting plan) and remanded back to the lower court for new trial.

  • Appeal to the N.H. Supreme Court of a Child Support Order

    Successful appeal to the N.H. Supreme Court of a child support order concerning arrearages that were incorrectly calculated. Remanded back to the lower court.

  • Successfully Represented Father in Relocation Case

    Client's ex-girlfriend was given permission on a temporary basis to relocate from New Hampshire with his two minor children to North Carolina. After a two day final hearing, the Family Division Court found that the mother's relocation was not for a reasonable purpose and ordered her to relocate back to New Hampshire so that client could enjoy frequent parenting time with his children.

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