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Child custody situations have the tendency to be among the most emotionally charged legal matters during a divorce. Child custody must be decided by separating couples, but unfortunately, this issue tends to create unnecessary problems and arguments. Oftentimes, separating couples react harshly or bitterly toward one another, and these confusing emotions can lead to costly litigation and explosive courtroom battles.

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Parent with custody of childIf you need assistance contesting or creating a child custody agreement in Las Vegas, Leavitt Law Firm can provide strong representation in or out of the courtroom. With decades of combined experience handling thousands of cases in divorce court and providing mediation throughout Nevada, we have the unique experience and knowledge to successfully guide your family through even the most complicated matters.

When you need an effective yet compassionate and understanding Las Vegas child custody lawyer by your side, Leavitt Law Firm is here to help.

Contact (702) 996-6052 for a consultation with a child custody attorney in Las Vegas.

Nevada Custody Laws

If you are approaching divorce or already in the midst of the process, it is imperative that you are aware of the types of custody and how these matters are decided in Nevada. There are two types of custody,

  • Physical Custody - Grants a parent the rights to have the child live with them and be with them while the other parent may have visitation rights.
  • Legal Custody - Grants a parent the rights to make decisions on behalf of the child. The decisions could be regarding their medical care, their education, their religion, etc.

These are the types of custody to be determined by the Court. While most parents are granted joint legal custody, which provides each parent with equal decision-making ability for the child(ren), physical custody is a different story altogether. There are generally three possible physical custody designations, which will vary based on your specific situation. In order of restrictiveness they are,

  • Sole Physical Custody - Sole physical custody means that one parent has physical custody of the child 100% of the time. One parent can be granted sole physical custody and the non-custodial parent would generally pay child support to help the custodial parent with the financial needs of the child. In situations where a parent is granted sole physical custody, that parent would also likely be granted sole legal custody of the child(ren) and they would then be responsible for all decisions for the child(ren). This type of arrangement is rare and is only appropriate in limited circumstances.
  • Primary Physical Custody - The parent with primary physical custody has the child(ren) between 61% and 99% of the time. In other words, the other parent would simply have visitation rights that equate to less than 146 days annually (every other weekend, for example). The parent with primary physical custody is still entitled to payment of child support from the non-custodial parent.
  • Joint Physical Custody - Joint physical custody means that the parents share physical custody rights to the child(ren) approximately 50/50, and both parents have at least 146 days of custodial time annually with the child(ren). Under Nevada law, this is the “preferred” physical custody arrangement. Payment of child support under this scenario is dependent upon which parent has more income and is calculated under a very specific formula that our attorneys can assist you in working through.

What Factors Influence Child Custody?

Child custody involves specific agreements for the legal custody, physical custody, and visitation of a child. Child custody laws in Las Vegas, NV state that the legal and physical custody of a child can include permanent or temporary orders and must be based on what the court determines is in the best interests of the child.

Factors that could be considered in a child custody order include:

  • History of child abuse
  • The child's proximity to other siblings
  • The level of conflict between the parents
  • The child's relationship with each of the parents
  • The mental, emotional, and physical condition of the parents
  • The child's physical, emotional, and mental condition and needs
  • If the child is over 12 years of age, the court may ask of the child's personal wishes
  • The ability of the parents to cooperate in raising the child(ren)
  • Each parent’s willingness to facilitate a relationship between the child(ren) and the other parent

If you are involved in divorce, legal separation, a paternity dispute, or terminating parenting rights due to domestic violence or child abuse and neglect, then working with an experienced child custody lawyer in Las Vegas will be crucial to protecting your child's well-being and your parenting privileges.

Who Has Legal Custody of a Child When the Parents Are Not Married in Nevada?

If paternity has been established, Nevada law mandates that custody be determined by focusing on the best interests of the child. Since it is commonly believed that it is in the child’s best interests to have a relationship with both parents, the court typically awards joint custody unless one or both parents are unfit.

What Is an Unfit Parent in Nevada?

Under Nevada law, an "unfit parent" is defined as any parent who fails to provide their child with proper care, guidance and support. This could mean several things, including substance abuse problems, abusive or cruel conduct towards the child, or willful neglect.

Child Custody Modification in Las Vegas

In order to modify child custody or visitation rights in Nevada, there must be proof of a substantial change in circumstances that affects the child, such as:

  • A change to a parent’s job schedule that no longer makes the original agreement possible
  • Unforeseen circumstances in the parent’s life, such as relocation or conviction of a crime
  • Unforeseen circumstances in the child’s life, such as disability

Any changes in custody must be done in the best interests of the child.

Our experienced child custody attorneys in Las Vegas can help guide you through the modification process.

Fighting for child custody? Call (702) 996-6052!

If parents cannot come to a mutual agreement outside of court through mediation, your child custody decision could be subject to court intervention. Simply put, the family court judge will have wide discretion in a child custody arrangement. Who would you rather decide a child custody agreement for your child: you or the court?

Don't let a dispute during a divorce or legal separation cause you to be permanently disconnected from your child's life. We know how important it is for you to be involved in the development and growth of your child through the years. Talk to a child custody attorney in Las Vegas to help you fight for custody.

Leavitt Law Firm is the a law firm you can trust! Call (702) 996-6052 to schedule a case evaluation with a child custody lawyer in Las Vegas today.

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