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New Hampshire may expand its supervised visitation network

Children are our most precious resources and regardless of child care styles, they always deserve the best of our feelings and emotions for their own well-being. Nothing challenges our abilities to take care of our children more, however, than the custody and care battles that can arise from divorce or separation.

In some cases, parents' interest in having children live with them or providing financial support is not the main issue. The safety of children must also be considered, and judges in New Hampshire will generally frown upon the claims of a parent who has proven himself or herself unreliable or dangerous as a caretaker.

Supervised visitation may be ordered by a judge in the case that a parent or guardian has a legitimate claim to formative time with a child but the ability of the person to care for the child has been challenged. The legislature in Concord is currently considering a bill that would expand supervised visitation, including the guarantee of a supervision facility in each New Hampshire county.

The bill specifies that these facilities adhere to the strict federal guidelines of "Safe Havens," registered centers where victims of abuse and violence can regroup and seek help. This also keeps people with firearms and other weapons from children and other protected people.

People concerned about the safety and well-being of their children have the right to take those concerns to family court for adjudication. An attorney can help parents and guardians prepare their claims and bring them to light before a judge for the protection of their children.

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