What is “The Best Interests of The Child”

In nearly every court where child custody is an issue or where a child’s welfare is being considered, a judge will use the standard of “best interests of the child” in crafting an order. Generally speaking, this means that the court will consider the child’s well-being as paramount over the interests of the parents.

Child custody is the typical subject where the ‘best interests of the child” standard is used. Some states, like Massachusetts, do not list specific factors that a court must consider in cases where the parents cannot decide on custody matters, while others like New Hampshire will list at least some. But even though Massachusetts is not specific so as to give the judge more discretion in interpreting the standard, a Massachusetts family court is not much different from its counterpart in New Hampshire when deciding what is in the child’s best interests.

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What You Need to Know About Modifying Alimony in New Hampshire

Are you receiving alimony in New Hampshire or have you been paying it to an ex-spouse? Are there now circumstances where you want to have the alimony order modified? If so, arrange a consultation with New Hampshire alimony lawyer Michael F. Mimno at (978) 470-4567.

What is Alimony?

Alimony is currently referred to as spousal maintenance or support. A couple that is legally separated, in a divorce proceeding, or after the divorce may have a spousal maintenance or alimony order in place. Essentially, it is a payment from one spouse to the other who may be financially challenged. Situations where alimony may be awarded are:

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