Child Custody Basics
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The Nevada legislature recently updated the child custody laws to favor joint custody between separating parents. However, there may be reasons to award one parent more custodial time over the other. The primary focus in custody determinations is the best interest of the child. At Drizin Law we have extensive experience with custody determinations and welcome the opportunity to show you the difference we can make.
Best Interest Factors.
- The wishes of the child if the child is of sufficient age and capacity to form an intelligent preference as to his or her physical custody. This usually means at least age twelve. However, some judges will not allow older teenagers to make decisions regarding their living arrangements.
- 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. Some parents just have too much conflict to work together to raise their child. This means the Court may have to decide to give custody to one parent over the other if they simply cannot co-parent.
- A child may have special needs that cannot be handled adequately by one of the parents
versus the other.
- Relationship of the child to other siblings.
- The existence of domestic violence. If one of the parents has committed domestic violence, then there is a presumption that the offending parent is not suitable to have joint custody.