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Child Custody and Visitation

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Although many parents handle custody and visitation (a.k.a. parental rights and responsibilities) themselves, this is a complex area of the law and is complicated to research. There are state, federal, and even international laws regarding child custody and visitation which, in some circumstances, must be read together in order to get a clear picture. Even if research is focused only on New Hampshire law, there is an interconnected web of New Hampshire statutes and case law that may apply. 

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New Hampshire Forms

Check the print resources listed below  for sample forms and language. These resources contain forms created and used by New Hampshire attorneys. Also, you can often find sample pleadings in legal research databases, such as Westlaw or Lexis Advance. These databases are available - for free - at the New Hampshire Law Library. 

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Online - Databases

The articles below are available on Westlaw. They are a great way to find more cases on a topic. Once you're in, you can narrow the jurisdiction to locate New Hampshire cases. Use the Sign in to Westlaw Patron Access Remote for Pro Se/Non-Attorneys to read them. Make a note of the citation (for example, 70 ALR 5th 377), enter it into the Westlaw search box, and you'll see the article. 

Please remember that this guide is for information purposes only and is not comprehensive.  
It is intended as a starting point for research, to illustrate the various sources of the law, and to provide guidance in their use. 
NH Law About ... is not a substitute for the services of an attorney.