Child Custody Attorneys In Nashua
Developing Parenting Arrangements Based On Your Family’s Needs
When you hire Small & Lee Attorneys at Law, we guarantee that you and your family will be our priority. You don’t have to just determine a child custody and support arrangement; you have to live with it. We carefully listen to you to help make sure that your agreement will work into the future.
We also realize that life happens, which is why we build long-term relationships with our clients. If your circumstances have or do change, your attorney can assist you in requesting a modification of your child custody or support order.
Call us at 603-318-0025. Our office is located in Nashua, but our service extends throughout New Hampshire.
Child Custody Determinations
Under New Hampshire law, a presumption exists that it is in the child’s best interests for both parents to be involved in his or her life. Although the court encourages maximum involvement from both parents, decision making and residential responsibilities are still determined on a case-by-case basis.
The court will consider several factors in determining or approving a custody arrangement, including the following:
- Parent-child relationship
- Each parent’s ability to care for the child
- Cooperation between the parents
- The child’s developmental needs
- The child’s ability to adjust
- Evidence of abuse
Child Support Calculations
Family law dictates that both parents are obligated to provide financial support for their children, even though only the noncustodial parent may write the check. The amount that is paid is determined based on an income percentage calculation under the child support guidelines.
If support is based on entering a number into an equation, why do you need an attorney?
- Determination of total income: A single number may be used, but how was that number determined? Self-employment, multiple sources of income, overtime, bonuses and many other factors can make this a very difficult and highly contested calculation.
- Deviations: There is a presumption that the number calculated under the formula is correct. However, a court can choose to deviate up or down based on several different factors. The parenting schedule, extraordinary cost of exercising parenting time, special needs of the child and the economic consequences of stepchildren are only a few examples.