Legal Information: New Hampshire


December 9, 2022

What is usually included in a parenting plan?

A parenting plan may include terms regarding the following:

  • decision-making responsibility and residential responsibility;
  • information sharing and access, including telephone and electronic access;
  • the legal residence of the child for school attendance;
  • a parenting schedule that includes:
    • holiday, birthday, and vacation planning;
    • weekends, including holidays, and other days off from school;
    • transportation and exchange of the child;
    • relocation of parents;
    • the procedure that the parents will follow for review and adjustment of the plan; and
    • methods for resolving disputes.1

If the parents have joint decision-making responsibility, the parenting plan must include the legal residence of each parent unless the judge determines that:

  • there is a history of domestic abuse or stalking; or
  • including such information would not be in the best interest of the child.2

If the parenting plan includes a parent’s residence, the parent must immediately notify the court and the other parent of any change in address. The failure to provide such information could lead to the parent being held in contempt of court.2

1 N.H. Rev. Stat. § 461-A:4(II)
2 N.H. Rev. Stat. § 461-A:4(IV)

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