For obvious reasons, child custody issues are often the most contested and the most important aspects of a divorce proceeding. Your child’s welfare and future are of the utmost importance. The laws concerning parenting during and after a divorce were written with the intent of guarding the best interests of children involved in a family law matter. When it comes to your children, the most important thing is having a close and nurturing relationship through what can be a trying time. A child custody lawyer is experienced in these matters and can help during these times, so your children stay a priority throughout the process.
At the end of any custody case or divorce case with children, the Nevada court makes a determination regarding which parent will have legal custody of the parties’ child or children and how much parenting time each parent will have with the child or children. Nevada child custody laws favor joint custody. There is a presumption that joint custody is in the best interest of the child baring any factors that may impact that decision by the judge. In determining which parent will have custody, the court looks to the factors set forth in NRS 125.480(4) The court shall consider and set forth its specific findings concerning, among other things:
- The wishes of the child if the child is of sufficient age and capacity to form an intelligent preference as to his or her custody.
- The ability of the parents to cooperate to meet the needs of the child.
- Any nomination by a parent or a guardian for the child.
- Which parent is more likely to allow the child to have frequent associations and a continuing relationship with the noncustodial parent.
- The mental and physical health of the parents.
- The level of conflict between the parents.
- The physical, developmental and emotional needs of the child.
- The ability of the child to maintain a relationship with any sibling.
- Any history of parental abuse or neglect of the child or a sibling of the child.
- Whether either parent or any other person seeking custody has engaged in an act of domestic violence against the child, a parent of the child or any other person residing with the child.
- The nature of the relationship of the child with each parent.
- Whether either parent or any other person seeking custody has committed any act of abduction against the child or any other child.
Attorney Gloria Petroni has more than 30 years of experience helping parents work through child custody arrangements. With the aid of their attorneys, negotiating and arriving at a mutual agreement is usually more productive than arguing in court. If both parties can come to an agreement and avoid this issue going to court, it is also much less expensive.
Child custody and visitation rights are delicate matters. Whether you are going through a divorce, initiating custody proceedings, or wish to modify an existing visitation or custody order we can assist you. When possible, a child should have a loving and supportive relationship with each parent and the home environment should be safe, stable and consistent. Every parent has preferences and much at stake when it comes to child custody and visitation. Ultimately, the court will make decisions based on the best interests of the child or children involved. This will always be the driving factor to consider as we help negotiate a positive child custody arrangement.
Petroni Law Group is experienced in establishing, modifying, and enforcing child custody and visitation plans for clients, whether or not they were ever married. If you are a parent who would like to legally establish the right to have custody of or have access to visit your child, or if you are a parent who would like to obtain child support from your child’s other parent, please contact our office today at 775-420-4221 to schedule an initial consultation.