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What about "custody?"

New Hampshire has abolished the concept of "custody" in divorce. Instead, the parental rights and responsibilities of both parents are spelled out in a parenting plan. One aspect is decision-making responsibilities for the child, including educational, medical, and religious decisions. After a divorce, or an unwed parenting case, most parents continue to have joint legal decision-making responsibilities.

Another part of the parenting plan is the parenting schedule, spelling out when each parent will have responsibility for the child or children. If the court decides the parenting schedule, the test is what is in the "best interest" of the child. There is no preference for mothers or fathers. Most parents work out the parenting plan, including the schedule. In recent years, more and more families have chosen parenting schedules that share the children on a 50/50 basis, or close to that.

Tags: 50/50 schedule, best interest, custody, nh divorce law, parenting, parenting plan

Posted January 25, 2012

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