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Child Custody

CHILD CUSTODY ATTORNEY

Serving All of Massachusetts & New Hampshire

When going through a child custody issue, the child’s best interest should be the highest priority. Divorce already has a major impact on the life of a child, but the decision of where the child lives will specifically cause an impact in his or her life during the family law case.

Divorcing parents with minor children need to arrive at a conclusive agreement regarding issues that relate to child custody and who should be in charge of important decisions concerning the child’s health, schooling, and religion. Where divorcing parents cannot reach an agreement, the court will have to decide this matter. Our family lawyer has more over 20 years of experience handling child custody cases and can help you successfully conclude this phase of your case.

How Custody Can Affect Other Divorce Matters

Child custody affects a wide range of divorce-related disputes such as child support and relocation. The parent who does not possess child custody will likely be granted visitation rights and may be forced to pay child support. After child custody is determined, the order may need to be modified if a relocation issue arises. If you are facing a child custody issue, you will need to call our firm to get the efficient service you deserve. Call us today to get started.

Determining Child Custody in New Hampshire

In determining child custody, the court is not concerned with factors such as the child’s sex, the parents’ sexes, or their financial resources. The court is concerned with the best interests of the child and the rights and responsibilities of each parent are based on this. The court bases child support on many factors including the relationship that the child has with each parent, both parents’ abilities to ensure that the child will be kept in good health, given a safe environment, and encouraged to maintain a relationship with the other party. The decision of the court will also be based on evidence of abuse and criminal records. In some cases, if the minor child is of sound judgment and mature, he or she may have substantial personal influence in the decision that is made. Child custody determinations are based on the New Hampshire Statutes – Chapter 461.

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The court will need to determine both legal and physical custody. Legal custody relates the right to make decisions regarding the long-term needs of the child, such as religion and education, while physical custody refers to the parent with whom the child actually resides and who makes decisions regarding the daily aspects of life. Where both parents share custody of the child, it is referred to as joint custody. A parent may be granted sole custody. The parent with sole custody may have sole legal custody, sole physical custody, or both. In today’s court system, joint custody is the favored custodial arrangement. Speak with our experienced legal team today to schedule a free case evaluation.