Divorce is always difficult, especially on children. When a child’s world is about to be split between two homes and two independent people, New Hampshire courts try to make sure their needs are attended.

What does New Hampshire law say about child custody?

Section 461 of New Hampshire’s state code states that “children do best when both parents have a stable and meaningful involvement in their lives.” As such, the default position of state courts ruling on child custody is that children should have continuing contact with both parents regardless of custody unless a parent or a situation has been shown as dangerous or detrimental to the child.

What are parents’ responsibility to determine child custody solutions?

Parents are encouraged in Section 461 to work out a fair and equitable sharing of parental rights and responsibilities under their own terms if it is possible to do so. Parents are given relatively large self-regulation in creating parenting plans that involve physical custody and other aspects of child care as long as they agree.

What does a parenting plan require from parents creating it?

Plans should contain guidelines for who will make decisions in a child’s life as well as where a child will live and when. This will help parents and children settle into a routine after separation or divorce. Other relatives and holidays may also be included in these plans. A method to resolve disputes, such as deferring to mediation, is often a wise addition as well.

How do I write a parenting plan?

An attorney is often useful in all parts of divorce proceedings, including making agreements and resolving disagreements over child custody.