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Child custody: Shared custody arrangement may be best

Parents in New Hampshire are, understandably, concerned about how their divorce will impact their children. As a result, a great deal of thought and discussion is often put into how child custody will be divided. Recent research may help ease some of the concerns about a relatively common custody arrangement.

One adolescent and educational psychology professor argues that shared parenting should always be the preferred option for children following a divorce, assuming there are no concerns of abuse or negligence. However, some statistics show that this is not usually the case. In fact, mothers are reportedly given full physical custody in 80 percent of cases. Some believe this trend is due to the fact that many judges believe that conflict between parents will have a detrimental impact.

Child custody cases involves breast milk

Most parents in New Hampshire and across the country are committed to doing what is in the best interests of their children. When parents cannot agree, courts are often tasked with the difficult position of making a decision. For example, a child custody case in another state is asking the court to decide if it is better for a child to be exclusively breast fed or have overnight visitation with his father.

The case involves a 6-month-old baby. The mother and father of the child split soon after the baby was born in February. Since that time, the 27-year-old mother claims that the child has been exclusively breast fed. Because she says she is unable to pump enough milk for the child to have if he spends the night with his father, she is arguing against overnight visitation.

Child custody issue prevents school enrollment

Issues of family law in New Hampshire can often be complex. In order to ensure that the person a court has deemed the most appropriate guardian actually has child custody, some states have laws regarding whether someone without legal custody of a minor can enroll said minor in school. Such a law in another state is apparently preventing a teenager from enrolling in high school.

The case involves a 17-year-old male. Reports indicate that the juvenile is currently residing with his mother. However, the school system where the mother lives will not allow the teenager to enroll because his grandparents actually have legal custody.

More people seeking ways to ease divorce process

There is likely no person in New Hampshire who enters into matrimony with the expectation that their marriage will end. Despite going in with the hope that their relationship will lead to a divorce, some attorneys claim that they are seeing an uptick in the number of people seeking a prenuptial agreement. Some professionals speculate that this increase has occurred not because more people expect the end of their marriage but because people are waiting longer to marry, leaving them with more assets.

Some claim that there was once a stigma associated with a prenuptial agreement. Mistakenly, there was a thought that those creating such an agreement were assuming that their marriage was going to end. However, when divorce became more acceptable, more states began recognizing the agreements.

You don't have to part ways with your financial future in divorce

If you are considering divorce, chances are, there are numerous aspects that might be influencing your decision. It might be more complicated than simply parting ways with your spouse. No matter how you look at it, divorce is a serious decision that could have a substantial impact on your future.

Perhaps one of your most significant concerns pertains to the financial ramifications that might accompany such a major life change. While property division will inherently affect this area of life, there may be certain measures you can take to prepare for the financial side of divorce.

Victoria Azarenka skips U.S. Open due to child custody battle

Most parents in New Hampshire would agree that they would do anything to protect their children, even if it means temporarily placing their career on hold. Victoria Azarenka, formerly ranked the number one tennis player in the world, is reportedly doing just that. She has opted to skip the U.S. Open due to her ongoing child custody battle.

The case involves Azarenka, her former boyfriend and their infant son. The couple had the baby in December before their romantic relationship ended this summer. While Azarenka has a custody agreement from her native country, reports indicate that the judge in the current case has declined to accept that agreement.

The successes of filing for divorce in New Hampshire

When people in New Hampshire walk down the aisle and say their wedding vows, they likely do so with the intention that they will spend the rest of their lives together. However, in the happy glow of an engagement and marriage, many couples are unable to predict how life events will change them and their level of compatibility. Unfortunately, some couples may be reluctant to seek a divorce because of their belief in how their decision will be perceived.

Because divorce -- and the reasons that led to it -- are often topics of conversation that are avoided, many people see the conversation as taboo. In fact, some people may delay their decision to end their marriage because of how they feel their decision will be perceived. However, rather than something to feel shame about, the decision is often the assertion of the person's desire to make decisions that are in the best interests of all involved, including the other spouse and any involved children.

Six easy steps to successful stepparent adoptions

Perhaps you have already opened your heart to your significant other's child, and you are ready to take the next step. A stepparent adoption can be a way to cement your relationship with your partner's child, simplify the dynamics of the family, and offer substantial benefits to you and your child.

As a stepparent of a legally adopted child, you will have much more control and influence over the child's life, as well as increased responsibilities. Your adopted stepchild is also legally eligible to inherit from your estate.

Parents claim IQ should not be child custody factor

The vast majority of parents in New Hampshire simply want to ensure that their children receive the care that they need. A variety of different parents, regardless of their education and intellectual abilities, are able to ensure that their children thrive. However, a family from another state claims that they unfairly lost child custody due to the parents' low IQ.

The couples -- whose IQs are around 70 -- have two children together. Their issues with the Department of Human Services began just days after their first son was born approximately four years ago. The boy's mother claims that a roommate contacted DHS, claiming that the infant's father was not appropriately responding to the baby. As a result, DHS intervened, and the couple lost custody.

Father's PTSD alleged factor in child custody case

Some of the people in New Hampshire who chose to join the military did not return in the same condition. Some suffered physical injuries, but many also face long-term mental health issues, including the development of post-traumatic stress disorder. While many are able to manage these issues through the help of mental health professionals and other tools, one veteran in another state claims that his PTSD diagnosis was recently used against him in a child custody case.

The man's issues with PTSD occur from a 2003 incident that occurred while he was serving as a marine in Iraq. As a result, he receives full benefits, but he has no history of violence. He will not discuss the details of the event that led to his PTSD with anyone other than mental health professionals treating him. When he and his wife divorced in 2007, they agreed to share custody of their three children. However, she recently filed for full custody, allegedly citing his PTSD as a reason.