In Clark County,
child custody issues are resolved in family court. The local court with jurisdiction
must address child custody matters whenever one of the parents file a
court action. If the parents are still married, then custody issues will
be addressed as a part of an annulment, separation, or
divorce action. When the parents are not married, the custody issues are addressed
as a part of a child custody or
If you are having difficulty agreeing with your child's other parent
on how to share custody, either of you can ask the court to issue orders
for both of you to follow. If you are not married, either of you can file a
Complaint for Custody, Paternity, and Child Support. The parent who files the complaint is called the "plaintiff"
and the other parent is called the "defendant."
The plaintiff's complaint will explain what custody and support orders
the plaintiff is seeking, and the defendant can respond to this complaint
by filing what is called an "answer and counterclaim," which
will state which custody and support orders he or she would like.
Once the paperwork is filed, the judge may hold several hearings to sort
through the issues. If the parents do not reach an agreement, the judge
will set a date for a trial to decide on the matters.
Parent often want to know how fast custody cases move through the courts.
Unfortunately, there is no easy way to answer this common question since
every child custody case is different. If the parents can reach an agreement
on all of the terms, the case can be completed rather quickly. If the
parents cannot reach an agreement, they may have to go to court several
times before a final custody order is granted.
On a final note, for a Nevada court to make a child custody and visitation
order, Nevada must be the child's home state, meaning the child must
have lived in Nevada for 6 months before the case is filed.
To learn more about applying for child custody in Las Vegas or Henderson, contact
Leavitt Law Firm today. Call (702) 996-6052 for a
free case evaluation.