New Hampshire parents understand the importance of protecting their relationship with their children after divorce. Children thrive when allowed to maintain a strong relationship with both parents after their marriage is over, but this is not always an easy goal to accomplish. It is easier, however, with a strong and thoughtful parenting plan in place.
Any sustainable parenting plan should address the two main types of custody: legal custody and physical custody. It is prudent to be very clear about the rights and roles of both parents as this will go a long way to helping you avoid issues and complications. As a parent, you will find it beneficial to know about legal custody and what it means for you.
Who will make decisions for your child?
Physical custody refers the amount of time a parent will actually spend with his or her child. This includes summer vacations, school breaks, Christmas, weekend visitation and more. As a parent, you are entitled to have access to your child, and it is beneficial for him or her to spend time with you on a regular basis.
Legal custody is the right that a parent has to make important decisions on behalf of the child. This refers to any decision related to the following:
- Religious upbringing
- Cultural experiences
- Extracurricular activities
- Health care
- Tutoring and various types of necessary support
This not an exhaustive list of what falls into the category of legal custody, but it can provide a picture of the rights that a parent with this type of custody will have. In some cases, parents will be able to share legal custody, but in others, one parent can retain legal custody while still sharing physical custody.
You have the right to work with the other parent to draft a parenting plan, addressing both physical and legal custody in a way that will work for you and your family for years to come. If an out-of-court resolution is not possible, you can pursue a fair outcome in litigation.
Your parental rights
It is not easy to walk through the sensitive and complex matters pertaining to your parental rights and the interests of your child. You do not have to walk through it alone, but you will find it beneficial to seek guidance from an experienced attorney. With the help of your attorney, you can fight to protect your best interests, your relationship with your child and your parental rights.