Parental Rights and Responsibilities

Whenever two parents make a decision not to live together, a decision must also be made on the children’s residential placement, schooling, and so forth. Such parenting issues are commonly raised as part of divorce proceedings, but may also be standalone proceedings that occur when a non-married couple has a child together. Resolving parenting issues/placement can sometimes be difficult when both parents want as much time with the child as possible, and it is important to understand your legal rights.

At Dover NH family law firm Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, we have represented both mothers and fathers in custody disputes. We understand how important custody issues are to families and we put our legal skills to work in helping you to come up with a fair and reasonable resolution to your custody case that allows you the access to your child you were hoping for.

Because we know that resolving parenting issues/schedules outside of court is always better for children and families, we are skilled at negotiating agreements in mediation or through negotiation. When necessary, however, we can also represent you in court in proving that your proposed arrangement is best for your child.

New Hampshire Laws on Child Custody

As part of Dover NH family law, parents are always encouraged to create a parenting plan without court intervention. This plan will outline the arrangements for caring for the children that the parents negotiate together and the court will simply give it legal effect. This is the best solution since it causes the least amount of acrimony, which is better for children, and because the parents are able to decide together what is best for their families. As such, courts may sometimes order parents to attend mediation if they are not able to resolve a dispute without outside intervention.

Sometimes, however, a dispute truly cannot be resolved without a court issuing an order. In these instances, the court will initially consider the best interests of the child in making its decision. There are many factors that are part of determining what is in the best interests of the child, including whether one parent has served as the primary caregiver for the child, and who can provide the most stability and access to extended family and community.

Typically courts will determine that it is best for both parents to remain involved, at least to some extent, in their child’s life. In certain cases, however, one parent may be granted primary residential placement and the other parent will have parenting time. In cases where one parent is unfit, neglectful, or otherwise not interested or capable of parenting a child, then the court may award sole placement and limit the other parent’s access to either no visitation or very limited supervised visitations.

Getting Legal Help with Your New Hampshire Custody Case

If you’re involved in a child custody matter, the Dover NH family law attorneys at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin can help. We can put our negotiating skills to work for you in assisting you in creating a parenting plan and we can help you to fight for your parental rights in court when necessary to get the custody arrangement that is right for you.

To learn more about the legal services we can provide to clients in custody cases, contact Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin today at 603-742-2332 or use the form to the right to get in touch with us. We represent clients facing all types of family law matters throughout the New Hampshire area.