Child Custody Lawyer in New Hampshire

Determining the Best Interest of the Child

If you are in the midst of divorce and need support when it comes to child custody, it is important to come to a clear and concise understanding of the applicable laws. The court does not place a preference on one parent over another but makes determinations based upon the best interest of the child. There are many different factors that determine the parental responsibilities and rights of both parents.

Courts examine the relationship of the child with each parent as well as the capability of each parent to care for and nurture the child. Courts also look at the child's personal needs and both parents' ability to meet these needs. Courts also consider other factors, such as:

  • The financial ability of each parent to care for the child
  • The effect of each household on the child
  • The support of each parent to maintain a relationship with the other
  • The criminal background, if any, of either parent

New Hampshire & Maine Child Custody Attorney

At Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., we have the legal team that can help you understand child custody and the difference between physical and legal custody. In most cases, legal and physical custody are shared between both parents. Many unique circumstances, however, can prevent this ideal situation from taking place. When a child custody order has been established, it is essential that it is followed. The parent that does not receive physical custody of the child can typically obtain visitation rights. The non-custodial parent is typically responsible for paying child support.

For legal assistance regarding child custody, relocation or another family law situation, contact our firm. We are prepared and ready to serve you and your family. We also practice child custody and divorce in Maine.

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