Developing Parenting Plans That Work
Parents have rights and responsibilities, and we address both when we work with parents to develop a parenting plan. The Boynton, Waldron, Doleac, Woodman & Scott, P.A., law firm in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has the experience and legal knowledge to answer your questions about child custody, visitation and support.
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We work with parents for the best interests of the children.
Most parents are aware of their parental rights and responsibilities in a general sense, but at the time of a divorce or in cases where the parents are not married, parents need to fully understand their legal rights as well as their legal obligations.
Child support is determined by state guidelines. The state has devised the NH Child Support Guidelines, which is a formula that considers a number of factors to determine how much child support one parent must pay to the other for the support of their minor child(ren). Under some circumstances, a deviation from the Guidelines may be warranted, where the child support amount may be lower or higher than what the formula calls for.
Child custody is determined according to the best interests of the child. "Custody" and "visitation" have been replaced by terms such as "parenting time" and "residential schedule" with the implementation of new laws designed to sound less adversarial and with the goal of having both parents remain involved in their children's lives. The residential schedule and parenting time with the children are often agreed to by the parents as part of the Parenting Plan; however, where agreement cannot be reached, the Court will make the decision and in some cases will decide that the appointment of a Guardian Ad Litem is necessary to assist in making the determination of what schedule would be in the best interest of the children.
Your lawyer can explain the law and how it affects your family. By talking to an experienced family law attorney, you can understand the law, the family law court system and what the court is likely to decide or approve. If you need to have a court order changed, our lawyers can explain the modification process.
Any decision you make about your child is important. If you have questions or concerns about child custody, visitation, parenting time or child support, contact us for an appointment. Our law firm represents family law clients in Maine and New Hampshire.