When creating a parenting plan / custody agreement in the State of New Hampshire, you can write up your own parenting plan (on your own or with the other parent) or you can work with an attorney or legal professional and have them create it. If you don't want to pay the high cost of an attorney, and want to easily make your own agreement, you can use the Custody X Change software.
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When creating a parenting plan in the State of New Hampshire, understanding the laws of the State pertaining to child custody and visitation is critical.
These laws can be found in the New Hampshire Court Rules and also Section 461-A of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes. This section, titled Parental Rights and Responsibilities, contains all of the information you need to know for creating your custody agreement.
Since New Hampshire's family law statutes are very detailed, it can be an invaluable resource you can use when creating a parenting plan / custody agreement.
Below is a summary of the provisions in the law that affect how you make your custody agreement in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire believes that a child does best when both parents have a stable and meaningful involvement in his/her life (RSA 461-A:2).
Because of this, the policy of the state is to:
Yes. In every case involving parenting actions or the custodial rights of parents in New Hampshire, the court requires the parents to submit a parenting plan.
You are required to work together to agree upon as many provisions of the plan as possible, and are expected to file a joint parenting plan containing all of the issues you and your ex agree upon.
If you are unable to agree, each of you should file a separate proposed parenting plan to address the issues that you can't agree on.
There are specific requirements that must be met when creating the plan (NH Court Rules, Rules of the Family Division of the State of NH, Section 2-Domestic Relations, Rule 2.18).
Your parenting plan must be written in this order and must include:
You are not required to work together to create a parenting plan if there has been any domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, or if you are excused from participating by the court.
The parenting plan should be written in accordance with the best interests of the child and any portions of the parenting plan contrary to the child's best interests will be removed by the court.
The court considers the following factors when determining the best interests of a child (RSA 461-A:6):
When the court is considering these factors, it will be taken into account whether or not an action likely to cause the child or parent harm.
Yes. The court will consider the wishes of your child if the child is mature enough to make a sound judgment, but typically, people keep their children out of the courtroom in their custody cases.
For a child, choosing between parents can sometimes cause stress, anxiety, and other distressful feelings. Unless your child demands to be heard, it is best to leave these decisions to the adults who have the child's best interests at heart.
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