Child Custody

Dover Child Custody Lawyers

Helping Parents in Dover, Portsmouth, and Throughout New Hampshire

When parents separate or divorce, one of the most important issues they face is how to handle child custody. At Wyskiel, Boc, Tillinghast & Bolduc, P.A., we understand that your children are your top priority. Our New Hampshire child custody attorneys are here to help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights as a parent.

For more information about child custody in New Hampshire, call (603) 742-5222 or contact us online.

How Is Child Custody Determined in New Hampshire?

When parents cannot agree on a child custody arrangement, the court will make the decision for them. The court will always make a custody decision based on the best interests of the child. In New Hampshire, there are two types of custody: legal and physical.

Legal Custody

Legal custody refers to the right to make important decisions about the child's life. This includes decisions about the child's education, healthcare, and religious upbringing. Legal custody can be awarded to one parent (sole custody) or both parents (joint custody).

Physical Custody

Physical custody refers to where the child will live. Physical custody can be awarded to one parent (sole custody) or both parents (joint custody). If one parent is awarded sole physical custody, the other parent will typically be granted visitation rights. If the parents are awarded joint physical custody, the child will spend a significant amount of time with each parent.

Other Factors

In addition to legal and physical custody, the court will also consider other factors when making a custody decision. This includes the child's relationship with each parent, the child's relationship with any siblings, the child's adjustment to their home, school, and community, and the mental and physical health of all parties involved.

What Is the Difference Between Legal and Physical Custody?

Legal custody refers to the right to make important decisions about the child's life. This includes decisions about the child's education, healthcare, and religious upbringing. Physical custody refers to where the child will live. Physical custody can be awarded to one parent (sole custody) or both parents (joint custody).

What Is the Difference Between Sole and Joint Custody?

Sole custody refers to one parent having full custody of the child. This means that the child will live with that parent and that parent will have the right to make all decisions about the child's life. Joint custody refers to both parents sharing custody of the child. This means that the child will spend a significant amount of time with each parent and that both parents will have the right to make decisions about the child's life.

Can a Parent With a Disability Get Custody?

Yes, a parent with a disability can get custody of their child. The court will make a custody decision based on the best interests of the child. If the court determines that the parent's disability will not negatively impact the child, the parent can be awarded custody. If the court determines that the parent's disability will negatively impact the child, the parent may be awarded limited custody or visitation rights.

For more information about child custody in New Hampshire, call (603) 742-5222 or contact us online.

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