Child custody issues are often the most contested aspects of a divorce. Your child’s welfare and future are of the utmost importance and the laws concerning parenting during and after a divorce were written with your child’s best interests in mind. When it comes to your children the most important thing is having a close and nurturing relationship. A Reno child custody lawyer is experienced in these matters and can help during these times, so your children stay a priority.
At the end of any custody case or divorce case with children, the Nevada court makes a ruling on 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. In Nevada, there is a presumption that joint custody is in the best interests of the child. In determining which parent will have custody, the court looks to the factors set forth in NRS 125.480(4). In determining the best interest of the child, 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.
- 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 level of conflict between the parents.
- The ability of the parents to cooperate to meet the needs of the child.
- The mental and physical health of the parents.
- The physical, developmental and emotional needs of the child.
- The nature of the relationship of the child with each parent.
- 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.
- 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 over 30 years experience helping people just like you. She knows how important it is for parents to sit down and talk about child custody arrangements with their attorneys present. Even if you are not getting along with your child’s other parent, negotiating and arriving at a mutual agreement is usually more productive than fighting. If you can come to an agreement and avoid going to court, it is also much less expensive.
Child custody and visitation rights are delicate matters. We can assist you whether you are going through a divorce, you are initiating custody proceedings, or you wish to modify an existing visitation or custody order. When possible, a child should have a loving and supportive relationship with each parent. A child’s home environment should be safe, stable and consistent. At the Petroni Law Group, we understand that every parent has preferences when it comes to child custody and visitation. Ultimately, the court will make decisions based on the best interests of the child. So, this will always be the driving factor to consider as we help you negotiate a positive child custody arrangement.
A Reno child custody lawyer at Petroni Law Group is experienced in establishing, modifying, and enforcing child custody and visitation plans for clients, whether or not they were ever married to their child’s other parent. 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 for an initial consultation.