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Child Custody Law

When Child Custody Must Be Determined

In situations of separation, divorce, or when parents are unmarried, determining child custody becomes a critical aspect in family law courts. The intricate interplay of state laws, court precedents, and unique family circumstances plays a pivotal role in shaping the rights and responsibilities of each parent.

Children’s rights and best interests are central to custody and visitation arrangements. At Boynton, Waldron, Doleac, Woodman & Scott, P.A., our family law attorneys in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, address both the children’s and parents’ needs, developing effective parenting plans. Our expertise extends to all facets of family law, including child custody, visitation, and support.

Understanding Legal Rights and Responsibilities:

  • Awareness of parental rights and responsibilities is generally known, but clarity is crucial in cases of divorce or when parents are not married.
  • Our attorneys provide comprehensive explanations of the law and its impact on your family.
  • We offer insights into the family law court system, potential court rulings, and the process for modifying court orders.

The Role of Family Law Court: Child custody decisions profoundly affect family dynamics and children’s identity. These decisions are made with the child’s best interests in mind. The evolution of legal terminology, from “custody” and “visitation” to “parenting time” and “residential schedules,” reflects a shift towards less adversarial co-parenting. When parents cannot agree on these arrangements, the court intervenes, sometimes necessitating a Guardian Ad Litem to determine the children’s best interests.

About Paternity: For unmarried parents, understanding and establishing paternity is crucial. Even in harmonious cohabiting situations, legal advice is important to protect both the child and parental rights. Our firm assists in establishing paternity, focusing on the child’s future welfare.

Our Family Law Firm Is Ready To Help: Navigating family law, particularly child custody, is challenging. However, many families successfully develop custody plans that benefit all involved. We are committed to your children’s well-being and supporting you in being the best parent possible under your circumstances. For consultations on divorce, separation, or related matters, contact us.

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