Child Custody Portsmouth Lawyer NH | DeSaulnier Law Frim

Child Custody

  • Whether it is legal or physical custody you need a strong advocate on your side.
    • Visitation 
    • Child Support
    • Modifications
    • Restraining Orders
  • Child and Parent Custody

We have the experience to guide with Parenting Plans, Child Support, and Child Custody…

  • I’m Here to Help Protect What Matters Most

    When divorcing parents come into court for a decision on parenting arrangements, judges in New Hampshire do their best to base their decisions on the best interests of the child. While every situation is considered on a case-by-case basis, New Hampshire law recognizes that children benefit from maintaining “frequent and continuing contact” with both parents and from having both parents “share in the rights and responsibilities of raising their children.” (N.H. Rev. Stat. § 461-A: 2.) Judges carefully consider many factors but generally those that fall into these categories:

    •  Health and safety
    •  Emotional needs
    •  Co-parenting and communications skills
    •  Custody options
    •  Parenting plans


    Your relationship with your children is the most important thing to you. When a couple faces the need to end their marriage, the most complicated issues often come down to who will have custody and how visitation is organized.

    The courts are moving away from the traditional “every other weekend and one night a week” model, recognizing that both parents should play a part in raising their children. Setting up conventional visitation is no longer such a conventional issue.

    Finding Answers for Your Family

    Parents come to me with countless questions about how to deal with their custody issues, such as:

    •  Who gets custody of the children?
    • Which of us will have to pay for child support?
    • When will I get to see my kids?
    • What if my ex tries to keep the kids away from me?
    • What if my spouse tries to move away?
    • Who decides where my children live?
  • These are not questions with a quick answer, but I can usually reassure people that the courts are not interested in separating parents from their children, unless there is strong evidence of abuse or neglect. A divorce from your spouse is not a divorce from your children. My job as a lawyer is to defend your parental rights, but also set up reasonable expectations as to the extent of those rights.

    We start by asking questions the following questions:

    • Who spends the most time with the kids now?
    • How are the parenting responsibilities are currently divided?
    • Who has the best resources and time to raise the children in the best environment?


    Standard visitation and custody starts with examining how responsibilities are currently split. Then, we try to negotiate with the other side knowing what we can expect from the courts and then trying to make that fit into your life. When you and your spouse can come to an agreement on standard visitation and custody, those settlements usually work out better for both sides.

    However, when we need to fight for your parental rights, I am ready to take that case to a judge. I have 25 years of experience arguing for parental rights, and more often than not I go into court with both of us knowing exactly what the outcome should be.

    If you need to protect your parental rights, I can provide you with experience and a client-focused approach. Contact me to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

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“Inheriting an extremely challenging legal situation in the beginning, Paula accomplished more than believe any one else could have in court and outside the courtroom for both me and my boys.

For her involvement I am forever grateful.”Brandon - NH