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Seeking child custody through alternative dispute resolution

In New Hampshire, couples often plan their lives together. They decide to get married and have children with the intention that they will spend the rest of their lives together. However, people and circumstances change as time passes, often leaving couples no longer compatible. Although they may no longer be suited to remain in a romantic relationship, they will have to continue to make decisions, including those involving child custody.

Because of some of the negative emotions that are associated with the end of a relationship, many parents may have difficulty seeing eye to eye. This may be especially true about such important decisions like in whose care children will be. Typically, a conversation about custody begins with the idea that children's time will be split evenly between parents.

However, parents must determine what is truly in the best interest of their children. This may not always look like a 50/50 split of time for a variety of reasons. If parents can not come to the decision on their own, a family court will have to do so.

Many people assume that all discussions regarding a divorce and child custody agreement are filled with contention. However, there are many couples in New Hampshire who are able to come together -- with the help of an experienced professional -- to make an agreement that is truly in the children's best interest. Through alternative dispute resolution methods such as collaboration and mediation, parents, alongside experienced professionals, are often able to come to an agreement without the intervention of a court.

Source:, "How To Get Custody Of Your Kids (Without Involving Them In A Nasty Court Battle)", Kevin J. Chroman, Esq., Jan. 29, 2018

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