Although a divorce in New Hampshire can be an emotionally stressful time for everyone involved, many parents are able to maintain enough of a positive relationship to continue making decisions for their children together. However, this isn't always the case. Often, the relationship is so damaged that parents are unable to coparent together. Such appears to be the case for a former couple in another state whose child custody case has twice been remanded to a lower court.
The case involves a custody battle between two parents who apparently shared custody of their children. In April, an appeals court sent the case back to circuit court with instructions for the judge to decide which parent should have custody and how much child support the other parent should pay. According the the appeal court's ruling, the relationship between the two parents was in such discord that a shared parenting arrangement was not feasible.
However, the circuit court judge ruled once again in June that the parents should share custody. In her ruling, the judge argued that there was not sufficient evidence to prove that a material change of circumstances has occurred. Additionally, she claimed that it was beneficial for the children to spend time with both parents.
Generally, most parents in New Hampshire simply want what is in the best interest of their children. Unfortunately, it is often difficult for even happily married couples to come to an agreement regarding certain aspects of raising their kids. After a divorce, it is often impossible for these parents to do so, requiring a court to step in a make a determination. Regardless of the situation, parents who are divorcing often hire an experienced attorney to help them voice their concerns in child custody cases.
Source: nwaonline.com, "Contentious Fayetteville custody case remanded for a second time", Ron Wood, Feb. 1, 2018