Las Vegas Child Custody Attorney
The wellbeing of children is a primary concern for parents facing a divorce. Nevada courts put the best interest of the child(ren) first when determining child custody, but a knowledgeable Las Vegas child custody attorney can go far toward ensuring you and your children have a desirable child custody arrangement at the conclusion of divorce proceedings. Our child custody attorneys can also help with child custody modification issues, such as relocation and other circumstances necessitating a change to your current child custody order.
Nevada Child Custody Law
When parents are married, child custody is decided as an aspect of divorce, separation, or annulment. If parents are not married, either parent can file a Complaint for Custody or Paternity to establish child custody. In some cases, parents agree on the terms of child custody, such as by sharing legal custody (decision-making ability) and splitting physical custody (where and when the child spends time with each parent), and parents who agree can basically write their own custody agreement to be approved by the court.
If parents cannot agree on child custody, a judge will order mediation. If mediation does not result in an agreement, the judge will set a custody trial and decide child custody based on the best interest of the child(ren), considering factors such as the wishes of the child if the child is of sufficient age, the level of conflict between the parents, the ability of parents to cooperate to meet the child(ren)’s needs, and the physical, developmental, and emotional needs of the child(ren). Our attorneys have experience representing clients in child custody mediation and custody trials.
Changing a Child Custody Order
After a final child custody order is entered (whether through agreement, mediation, or trial), parents may need to change the custody order or the visitation schedule in the future. If both parents agree to the changes, it’s possible to modify a custody arrangement without going to court. If parents do not agree on how or to what extent a child custody order needs to change, either parent can file a motion, asking a judge to change the order. It’s important to know, however, that judges do not change custody orders lightly, and it’s up to the person asking for the modification to prove a change is necessary and appropriate. Our attorneys are well-versed in making strong cases for child custody order modification.
Speak with an Experienced Las Vegas Child Custody Attorney
If you have questions about child custody, please contact Ghandi Deeter Blackham Law Offices and schedule a consultation with an experienced Las Vegas child custody attorney. We are a boutique law firm where your legal concerns will get the personal attention they deserve.