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Pam represents individuals in divorce, domestic relation issues and Hague Convention cases. As an advocate in court and a steady counselor, Pam assists her clients in the complex areas of divorce and domestic relations law. Pam is also a New Hampshire Certified Marital Mediator so she conducts mediation in a private setting and is regularly appointed as a mediator in different family courts. She also has a background in environmental law and wrote an amicus brief for a New Hampshire Supreme Court case involving a major wetlands dispute.

Family Law Forum Blog: http://familylawforum.devinemillimet.com/

Read More About Pam Peterson.

Vermont Law School, Juris Doctor (Cum Laude), 1994
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Bachelor of Science, 1991
Representative Matters

Trials in complex divorce, custody/parenting, alimony and child support matters.
Conducts marital mediations in complex divorce and custody matters.
Amicus Brief in Conservation Law Foundation v. N.H. Wetlands Council.

Professional Affiliations

New Hampshire Bar Association, Family Law Section

Certified Marital Mediator since 2003

Awards and Honors:

Named by peers as a Best Lawyer in Family Law since 2013
Received the Best Lawyers 2021 Family Law "Lawyer of the Year" award in Manchester, NH
New England Super Lawyers since 2017
2012 Recipient of the L. Jonathan Ross Award for Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services for the Poor, New Hampshire Bar Association.
2007 Co-Recipient of the Hillsborough County Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, Pro Bono Referral Program.
2007 Award of Merit, Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


MCLE "A Practical Guide to Divorce in New Hampshire," Alimony Chapter 2021 Update with Attorney Joshua Bearce.

Speaking Engagements

NH Bar Association, "Practice Skills Course: Family Law," June & December, 2013 - 2022

NH Bar Association, "Top 10 Tips for QDRO Preparation," February 19, 2019

NH Bar Association, "Tax Issues in Divorce," November 30, 2018

NH Bar Association, "Unbundled Legal Services - Maximizing Access to Justice," November 4, 2016

NH Bar Association, "Developments in the Law: Family Law," October 13, 2016

NH Bar Association “Small Business and Divorce: What You Need to Know,” March 24, 2016

NH Bar Association "Practice Skills Course: Family Law," December 9, 2015

NH Bar Association "Divorce Boot Camp," November 9, 2015, October 19, 2015

NH Bar Association "Developments in the Law: Family Law," October 29, 2015

NH Bar Association "Practice Skills Course: Family Law," June 3, 2015

NH Bar Association "Practical Skills Course: Family Law," December 10, 2014

NH Bar Association "Developments in the Law: Family Law," October 31, 2014

NH Bar Association Program Coordinator for "Basic Family Law," September 19, 2014

NH Bar Association "Update on Child Support," June 18, 2014

NH Bar Association Program Chair for “Aftermath of the Wilbur Decision,” March 28, 2014
NH Women's Bar Association - "Developments in Family Law: 2013," January 24, 2014
NH Bar Association - Program Co-Chair for "Upcoming Changes to the NH Child Support Guidelines," June 12, 2013
NH Bar Association - "Divorce Boot Camp," October 15, 22, & 29, 2012
NH Bar Association - Developments in the Law - "Family Law Update," October 26, 2012
NH Bar Association - “Litigating a Parenting Plan in Divorce,” May 13, 2011
NH Bar Association - “Issues Surrounding Modification of Parenting Plans,” March 23, 2011
NH Women’s Bar Association - “Developments in the Law 2010,” February 3, 2011
NH Women's Bar Association - "Development in Family Law: 2008," May 26, 2009
Family Law Forum / Crazy Love -"She Works Hard for the Money" - Running a Healthy Divorce Practice in 2009, February 13, 2009
Lorman Education Services - "Civil Unions," April 15, 2008
NH Women's Bar Association - "Developments in Family Law: 2007," January 25, 2008
NBI - "Child Custody and Shared Parenting," December 3, 2007
"Recent Developments in Employment Law/Family Law: What Employers Need to Know" presented both in Andover, MA and in Bedford, NH, October 19th & October 31st, 2007
NH Federal Practice Institute - "Issues in Representing Military Members in Time of War," September 27, 2007
NBI - "Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes in Divorce," March 28, 2007
NH Women's Bar Assoc. "Developments in Family Law: 2006," December 16, 2006
NH Trial Lawyers Association - "2005 Family Law Forum," May 5, 2005
DMB - "Handling Divorce Case & Child Custody," April 9, 2004
NHBA - "Introduction and Overview of Divorce Litigation," March 14, 2003

Community Involvement

The Chase Home, Portsmouth, NH - Board of Directors
NH Campaign for Legal Services Leadership Council
Seacoast Leadership Class of 2016
NH Pro Bono Referral Program Board of Governors, Secretary & Board Member- 2001-2021
Impact Melanoma of New England - Volunteer
Dempsey, Center, Lewiston, ME - fundraiser

Bar Admissions

New Hampshire

Contact & Links


  • 111 Amherst Street
    Manchester, NH 03101


  • Vermont Law School , J.D., graduated 1994
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, BS, graduated 1991

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Family Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Family Law, Manchester (2021)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Family Law

Special Focus

  • COVID-19

"Pamela Paterson was representing a client of mine. Her friendliness and helpfulness in navigating our client and me through all the paperwork was wonderful. She streamlined working with the opposing counsel."

"From the moment I met attorney Pam Peterson, she welcomed me with compassion, understanding, and poise. From the moment I began sharing my story, I felt as though she were a family friend I had known all my life. From the moment she solemnly said, "I think you have a case, here…" it hit me like a brick wall; what I had been through could be summed up in one matter-of-fact statement. I was immediately able to contain my raging emotions about my impending divorce, soften my anger at a life turned upside-down by a cheating predator, let go of my sadness at a life that "could have been." It was all wrapped up in one small statement that meant "you will be vindicated; your life mattered; your sacrifices have merit." I began to look forward to my meetings with Pam. I was excited to share new turns in my case, new information that would bring my nightmare to an end more quickly; another one of his unpaid bills that would affect my credit once again, another extravagant purchase he made in the midst of the discovery phase, his harassing me at work yet again. She was so easy to talk to, so easy to confide in, and she always saved a few moments at the end of our meetings where we could chat about gardening or life in general. She always asked how I was doing, and I knew she meant it. Her vocation is clearly her passion, her calling. As we walked into the final court session, she kindly asked, "Are you sure you don't want alimony?" to which I responded with a diatribe about how I didn't want him knowing anything about my life, that I just wanted to move on, I simply wanted earned equity in the house and some furniture, and so on. Sitting in court, having her speak for me at one of the lowest times of my life was comparable to an out-of-body experience. Having her fight for me and recall things I told her months prior to counter my ex's flagrant audacity and pompousness to which I had become numb and could no longer find the right words to retaliate was like breathing pure oxygen. "How did she remember that?" I would think to myself, "My God, she is amazing!" He would act condescending (his own lawyer rescinded her services), and Pam would respond with calm, cool, factual counters to which it was a pleasure to see him back down, literally deflating as his shoulders curled in. Pam had a way with words and a presence that exuded confidence I had not felt in many years. Here was this amazing woman fighting for me, singing my praises at a time"

- Stephanie Bogalis (L-3 Insight Technology Incorporated), Manchester, NH

"I chose Pamela Peterson to represent me when my best friend who had just gone through her divorce told me how fantastic Pam was. I now tell people I know just how fantastic Pam is -- and why. Watching Pam in court is a treat -- strong, poised, dead-on target with facts, yet with a mixture of humanity and dignity about her that you can absolutely feel draws the attention and respect from both opposing counsel and judge alike. She is the "Grace Kelly" of the courtroom when she speaks. Her name and reputation draws respect in the court room. I am amazed at the little things she remembers, at just the right time, at a time when my mind was numb from the divorce. My divorce is over but I have had to go back to court for child support issues and when preparing to represent myself I "channel my inner Pam!" That is ... bringing out my inner strength that reminds me so much of how Pam represented me in court -- with dignity and honor. I would recommend Pam and her fantastic staff to anyone looking to come out of the divorce with their sanity and dignity intact."

- Amy Reardon, Derry, NH

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