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From custody disputes to divorce proceedings, we will represent you in all facets of family law. Without question, some of the most emotionally-charged issues in all of law fall under the domain of family law. Are you having legal issues regarding marriage, adoption, divorce, or you are seeking custody of children? We focus much of our practice on family law, so we can guide you through your issues.


Attorney Joseph M. Annutto works closely with families solving child custody disputes, parenting plans,  child support, alimony and paternity law in both new Hampshire and Massachusetts.


An area of law that is exceptionally sensitive for all parties involved is that of child custody. Emotions run high and it can be a real challenge to keep all of the parties thinking in a manner that is productive for the child. This having  been said, Attorney Annutto has the exceptional experience required to work  within the court system in obtaining the best result possible for you.  This is one of the reasons you will do well to have the Attorneys at Annutto Law Office on your side when you are battling for the well being of your children. This is understandably one of the most difficult times any person can  go through and it is vital that you have someone who can help you work through  all of your options and the laws that go along with them.


Child Custody Laws


Understanding the laws surrounding child custody is a vital part of making sure you are protecting the children as much as possible and putting yourself in a position for the best outcome. Some of the laws that are essential to understand are below.


It is important to understand that, in NH, effective October 1, 2005; each parent  must propose a parenting plan.  The parenting plan will allow the parties and the judge to see a clear picture of what the parents intentions are for the child(ren). The term "custody" is not favored, but custodial time for each parent is proposed.  The custody of the children at the time of the  divorce is determined based on what is in the best interests of the child.


The law is gender-neutral in regard to the custody of the child.  However, the Court will consider who has been the primary care giver of the  child(ren). This can be interpreted  that the parent who has spent most of the time managing the child's day  to day life being awarded custody of the child.


Once a child custody decision is rendered at the time of divorce it is very difficult to change.  A change in custody may be issued if the child is  being harmed in the present, and sometimes, if a "mature minor states an opinion with 'proper influences'".


Legal custody and physical custody are separate issues in a divorce. Legal custody concerns the legal rights to decision-making and authority over the  child, while physical custody concerns which parent the child will live with. However, it is possible  to obtain shared physical custody depending on the situation.

A Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is sometimes appointed to determine what is in the  best interests of the child(ren) and their well-being. This person will  represent the child's interest in the proceedings.


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Law Office of Joseph M Annutto, PLLC

369 Main St

Nashua, NH 03060


Phone: +1 (603) 881-9161

Fax: +1 (603) 821-5185




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Woburn, MA   01801


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Beverly, MA   01965


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