Laws determining how divorced parents living apart are to care for their children are known as child custody laws, which originate at the state level. Child custody can be both physical and legal -- physical custody refers to where the child lives (which may be split between both parents), while legal custody refers to the parents' abilities to make important life decisions on behalf of their child. All state custody laws conform to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), which discourages parental abduction, interference, or other problems with child custody. Most states also extend visitation rights to grandparents.
New Hampshire Child Custody Laws at a Glance
New Hampshire family courts consider a whole range of factors when making custody determinations (see the complete list in the table below). The state also considers the wishes of the child when making these important decisions.
You can find additional details about New Hampshire child custody laws in the chart below. See FindLaw's extensive Child Custody section for more articles and resources.
|Code Section||N.H. Rev. Stat. § 461-A:6|
|Year Uniform Child Custody Act Adopted||1979|
|Factors Considered by the Court When Determining Custody||
|Joint Custody an Option?||Yes|
|Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized?||Yes|
|Child's Own Wishes Considered?||If the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that a minor child is of sufficient maturity to make a sound judgment, the court may give substantial weight to the preference of the mature minor child as to the determination of parental rights and responsibilities.|
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the enactment of newly signed legislation or other means. You may want to contact a New Hampshire child custody attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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