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New Hampshire Custody

Child custody is simple once you understand how the New Hampshire custody system works.

And that's too bad, because what the politicians in Concord tell you about child custody in New Hampshire isn't necessarily accurate.

The custody system isn't as fair as they want you to believe.

When looking at child custody guidelines in New Hampshire, there will be references to "primary caretaker" and "more qualified" parent.

What you won't see listed in any of the official guidelines are all the intangible criteria actually used to establish child custody in the real world.

And that means if you and your spouse don't agree on a child custody arrangement, the state of New Hampshire then decides where your children live.

The establishment of child custody starts with filing a motion at your local New Hampshire county family law courthouse.

At some point, the county will assign a New Hampshire custody evaluator who will meet with the parties involved; including the school, doctors, etc.

The county will conduct an evaluation to determine which of you is the best parent for the children.

The evaluation process begins with an assessment done by an assigned evaluator.

Even better, expect to be subjected to a psychological profile and at the end of this process, the custody evaluator will write a report and submit that to family court.

And you'll receive a copy of this evaluation report as well.

Most people think custody is determined by the judge, well, the fact is custody is established by the evaluator, not a judge.

The judge simply reads the evaluators report and rubber stamps it, because the judge knows almost nothing about you, your spouse, your children, or your family situation.

The evaluator on the other hand has conducted extensive research and issues a report, so there's no way the judge is going to overrule the evaluators recommendation.

In a highly contested dispute, a judge will order the guardian ad litem to protect the children's interests during the custody evaluation.

A guardian ad litem doesn't determine custody, but will act as a advocate of the children to ensure the children's interests are protected while you and your spouse argue about custody.

Guardians can be either lawyers or social workers, the important thing is they are approved by the court and there are private guardian ad litems employed by your local New Hampshire county as well as public ones.

Private guardians charge from $50 per hour to $400, where public guardians generally charge less.

It is common for the cost of the guardian to be shared by each spouse.

If you can't afford a guardian, often one will be provided free of change.

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