Child Support Lawyers
Serving Concord, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua and surrounding areas.
Get Help Navigating New Hampshire’s Child Custody and Visitation Laws
Child support disputes and divorce can be difficult on everyone involved, including children. At The Legal Connection, P.C., we help clients deal with the many sensitive child-related issues that arise among divorced parents, including child custody and parenting time. Generally speaking, absent a compelling reason, mothers and fathers are both entitled to equal or approximately equal parenting time.
Our dedicated and compassionate attorneys can guide you through this process and help you understand your legal rights and options. Our goal is to find a solution that works for you ― and for your family.
What Is A Parenting Plan?
In New Hampshire, your rights regarding child custody and parenting time will be outlined in a parenting plan ― a document that spells out your parental rights and responsibilities, including how you and your ex-spouse will share decision-making authority and residential responsibility for your child.
During divorce, you are encouraged to amicably work with your child’s other parent to create your own proposed parenting plan, which will eventually be incorporated into the court’s final divorce decree. However, if the two of you are unable to develop your own parenting plan, the court will have to do it for you.
When establishing a parenting plan, the court must consider the best interests of the child. There are several factors the court may review when making this determination, including:
- The ability of each parent to provide for the child’s basic needs, including food, clothing, shelter and medical care
- The child’s relationship with each parent, taking into account each parent’s ability to provide the child with love, affection and guidance
- The developmental needs of the child, and each parent’s ability to meet these needs
- The quality of the child’s adjustment to his or her school and community, and the potential impact of any change
- The ability of each parent to foster a relationship between the child and the other parent
- The ability of parents to cooperate with each other and work together for the child
However, these are merely a few of the factors a court may examine when establishing parental rights and responsibilities. Importantly, this process is essentially the same for both parents going through divorce and parents who are not married, with some minor differences.
Call for an immediate, FREE consultation
When your child’s well-being is at stake, you cannot afford to wait. Contact The Legal Connection, P.C., today to speak with an experienced lawyer about parenting rights for fathers, mothers and grandparents.
For immediate answers to your questions, we invite you to call and speak with a lawyer. This is a free consultation. Phones are answered 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays. We respond to emails within 12 hours. Our fees are very reasonable. If you decide to engage our firm to represent you, a retainer will be required. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and checks are accepted. Payment plans are available.
Send a private, secure message to The Legal Connection or call +1 (603) 224-3555. From our office in Concord, we represent clients throughout Merrimack County, Hillsborough County and Belknap County.