What about the children? This question should come at nearly every phase of a divorce between parents. Children are affected by every decision from who looks after them at the end of the school year to who gets specific assets that may eventually go to them. It may not be the biggest consideration for adults in emotional turmoil, but child custody is one of the most important issues they will ever manage.
When does a New Hampshire court have jurisdiction over a child custody matter?
The court can rule on custody or support of a child if the child lived in New Hampshire at the time of a divorce’s commencement or within six months of that time if a parent keeps the child out of state. The court may also take control if it appears to be in the best interest of a child because of conflicts within the family or across state lines.
How does a parent start a child custody case in New Hampshire?
A parent may file a petition along with a form that includes personal information that would matter to the child’s safety and health. If parents agree to file together, they may file a joint petition, which saves the costs of formal services even when parents do not agree on the specifics of custody.
Can a lawyer help with child custody cases?
Legal representation is always allowed in child custody proceedings and often recommended when parents need their voices heard and interests represented in court. An attorney can also help prepare the prerequisite documents for a case.