Divorce and Fathers Rights: Equal Opportunities for Child Custody

Parental rights and responsibilities are detailed under RSA 461-A. Already, the statutes don’t indicate terms like “father” and “mother.” Instead, they refer to both collectively as parents. This dispels the fact that the law is biased in favor of mothers, at least not in New Hampshire.

In child custody cases, the “best interest” of the child is always upheld, which includes the relationship shared between parent and child (RSA 461-A, Section 6a) and ability to provide the latter’s basic needs (RSA 461-A, Section 6b). Thus, the effect of divorce on fathers’ rights still depends on a number of factors, including the father’s capability to provide the child with material and emotional support.


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