Entertainment Love and Romance Child Custody in New Hampshire Familiarize Yourself with New Hampshire Child Custody Laws Share PINTEREST Email Print Yagi Studio/Getty Images Love and Romance Divorce Relationships Sexuality Teens LGBTQ Friendship By Debrina Washington Family law attorney and writer University of Pittsburgh School of Law Skidmore College Debrina L. Washington is a New York-based family law attorney and writer, who runs her own virtual practice to assist single parents with legal issues. our editorial process Debrina Washington Updated February 15, 2017 A New Hampshire family court uses several factors to determine child custody laws. Generally, the court determines child custody based on the best interests of the child. Parents who wish to file for child custody in New Hampshire should first become familiar with the custody statutes in this state. Best Interests of the Child A family court in New Hampshire will determine child custody based on the best interests of the child. Factors included in a best interest of the child determination are: The child's relationship with each parentEach parent's ability to provide the child with a loving environmentEach parent's ability to provide for the childThe child's adjustment to school and community and the potential affect of a changeEach parent's willingness to support the child's ability to be in contact with the other parentEach parent's ability to communicate, cooperate with each other, and make decisions for the childThe child's developmental needs, as well as each parent's ability to provide for those needsAny history of abuse and the impact of that abuse on the child's relationship with his/her parentsThe child's wishes, if the court determines that the child is mature enough to make such a decision (generally age 12 and older)Other additional relevant factors Contested Child Custody in New Hampshire If child custody is disputed in New Hampshire, a court may send the case to mediation. The purpose of mediation is to: Promote the best interests of the childReduce the chances of the case returning to courtImprove the parents' satisfaction with the outcomeReduce conflict and hostility between parents in a custody dispute Parenting Plans and Child Custody in New Hampshire In a New Hampshire child custody case, parents must develop and file a parenting plan with the court. A parenting plan must include information related to: The child's legal residence for school attendance purposesDecision-making responsibilities and residential responsibilitiesA parenting schedule including weekends, holidays, vacations, and birthday planningRelocation guidelinesMethods for resolving disputes Modification of Child Custody in New Hampshire A New Hampshire court will modify child custody if: The parties agree to a modificationThe court finds that the child's living environment poses a danger to the child's physical, mental, or emotional health and the child will benefit from a change in circumstancesThe court finds that one parent repeatedly interferes with the residential duties and responsibilities of the other parentOne parent believes the current custody arrangement is not working For further information about child custody in New Hampshire, speak with a qualified attorney in New Hampshire or refer to the New Hampshire Domestic Relations statute.