CHILD CUSTODY ATTORNEYS IN RENO, NV

Our Reno Child Custody Lawyers at Carlson & Work are here to help. In life, there is no job more important than a parent’s. In law, there are few cases more rewarding than protecting or restoring a parent’s rightful position in their child’s life.

Custody battles can be deeply complex. Child custody and visitation cases are difficult and often require a trial. You need an experienced child custody attorney, and more importantly, you need an experienced trial attorney. Carlson & Work has successfully handled hundreds of child custody cases. Repeatedly, we find the results that benefit our clients. Reputations are earned.  Carlson & Work is widely considered one of the top child custody law firms in Reno, Nevada.

Matthew, Rebecca and Lauren were a dynamite trio. I was up to speed with the process of my divorce at every step and in the end I got a fair and hard-fought victory. I would highly recommend this legal team to anyone going through a divorce or serious legal matter. They’re not cheap but you get what you pay for.
Linda S.
18:39 07 May 18
Matthew and Rebeca were aggressive and dedicated to my case from the first day I retained them. Going through divorce or any family law matter can be very difficult but, it helps to know you have people that know the process and can get you fair results.
Gwen J.
15:37 13 Jun 18
I went through a tough divorce for the past 10 months after 16 years of marriage. I actually started at a legal disadvantage since my ex wanted primary...
Ruben D.
10:44 15 May 20
They got back to me and were very knowledgeable. After a quick call I felt so much at ease and was clear on what my next steps should be to protect my family. I feel very confident in their services and if we ever need them again in the future, I'd feel safe doing so
Pike C.
16:03 24 Oct 21
Mathew and his team were great!! Very professional. Realistic. attentive and very forward thinking for our desired outcome. Completely upfront and transparent. Will definitely be using them again for any future business
Zac T.
16:01 24 Oct 21
I was recommended to the firm by a friend I trust and I was not disappointed. From the moment I presented my case, they went straight to the point with me and drew a strategy to me of how my case was going to be handled. Their office did diligent work in finding extra info I was missing and of course we had a victory in court. I would definitely recommend these guys to anyone.
Olivia A.
07:03 23 Oct 21
Phil was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. He helped get everything settled and was very calm and easy to work with. We are so very thankful for his assistance
Stefano
20:01 18 Oct 21
I've been working with the firm for years and am very satisfied with all that they have done for me and my family. They have my full trust as I've seen how hard they work, even behind the scenes, to make things happen for us. Very pleased with the outcomes we've had with them
Mia S.
10:54 13 Oct 21
Thank you Phil for all you've done! I highly recommend Phil to anyone looking for a lawyer, he is nothing but helpful and understanding. He was very professional, polite, and communicative. Him and his entire staff were very friendly. He did an exceptional job on my case. Greatly recommended!
Sawyer J.
20:40 08 Oct 21
Rebecca helped me on my case and they were really helpful with great results. The whole team was great and I recommended them to anyone who needs legal help.
Domi H.
20:37 08 Oct 21
Phil Koci did and amazing job showing the court what the reality of concerns were. He was prompt, professional and polite even when I was unfair and emotionally attacked him. He always kept his cool and did a terrific job on my case.
Alexis H.
14:58 23 Sep 21
I chose to work with Carson and Work from a recommendation from a friend, and I’m so thankful I did. Reliable and professional, Mathew Work and his team have been simple and straightforward with zero qualms in the process. Outstanding communication and timely responses to any questions I had. I would recommend this team to anyone in search of a reputable attorney.
Brianna V.
18:08 16 Sep 21
These people are amazing. From top to bottom, the support staff really takes the time to answer all questions and the attorneys are the best I have ever worked with. I would recommend this firm to my family and love ones. All around great group of professionals.
Sunaira B.
11:28 16 Sep 21
After looking for the right attorney, I finally found them. First, I can't believe how much different my experience was with Carlson & Work opposed to my former self promoted b-list celebrity of an attorney. Hand-down Carlson & Work saved my child from a horrific situation and I am forever grateful for their hard work and dedication to myself and my child. The teamwork at this firm is something to be admired as well. I feel like I literally had an entire law firm reaching out to me. From Taylor, to Lauren and Phil the support staff kept me informed and the partners both helped prep me for trial. I am so happy I called this firm after being told my case was hopeless, I finally have hope thanks to this awesome law firm!
Richard L.
15:53 13 Sep 21
I was looking for an attorney that would fight. Needless to say, I found them!. These people are incredible! Thank you so much. Rebecca and Phil were great!
Therese J.
19:09 12 Sep 21
I retained attorney Mathew Work for a recent case in Reno Justice Court. I was really grateful with how prompt and fast he manage the case. I was informed...
Victor N.
13:05 12 Sep 21
I’ve had the opportunity to work with Carlson & Work on two separate family law matters. The first a Custody case and the second a TPO case. I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome on both. They are top-flight, honest and aggressive attorneys. I was informed throughout the entire process and felt incredibly comfortable with the representation, preparation and communication throughout. If you’re looking for an honest, fair and trustworthy attorney, this is your firm. I hope I don’t need them again in the future but if I do it’s a relief to know that they are out there. It’s hard to come by professionals who hold their work product is such high regard.
Jake R.
03:36 12 Sep 21
Phil Koci was such a joy to work with. He responded to all my emails calls and voicemails and was kind and patient with me throughout . Very grateful to have worked with him and very happy with the outcome!
Priscilia H.
12:29 07 Sep 21
After meeting with three other firms and being told "I didnt have a case" I finally reached out to Carlson and Work. Instead of telling me my cause was a lost cause, they told me i had an uphill battle ahead and completely prepared me for how long the fight would be. Well after almost a year of court, we got the exact outcome that the other firms said was impossible. So greatful to this legal team!
William Z.
19:04 02 Sep 21
Carlson and Work are extremely proficient and professional lawyers. Their whole team is filled with great amazing people.I would highly recommend Carlson and Work to anyone looking for a lawyer!
Christian P.
18:00 02 Sep 21
They are absolutely Phenomenal people to work with! They care about you more than your money and deliver the very best Results! A++
Cali C.
14:22 11 Jun 21
These guys are the absolute best at what they do!!!! They saved my daughter and I! Without the hard working Dedicated people work here I don’t know what I would do! Worth more than gold it self! I goin got see my daughter again🥰🥰🥰🥰
Chad G.
19:17 10 Jun 21
Matt work is a great person, very professional I would highly recommend!
JAD R.
15:39 01 Mar 21
Matthew is a fantastic lawyer and a loyal friend who brings so much good to the Reno community. If you’re looking for an honest, hardworking, and empathetic person to represent you Carlson & Work is absolutely the right place!
Peter S.
22:25 26 Feb 21
Carlson & Work is the firm that attorneys turn to for their legal issues. They provide quality representations, are responsive, will find an efficient way to handle all family law and criminal law. I strongly recommend you call Matthew and Rebecca if you need legal help.
Alex V.
21:07 26 Feb 21
Matt work and his team are not only highly professional and knowledgable, but they treat you as if you are part of the family. I wouldn't want anyone else on my side in court. Winning is everything when everything is on the line... thank you guys!!!!
Eighty8 S.
20:55 26 Feb 21
Mat Work and his team are so communicative and responsive, which in my opinion is the most important aspect for an attorney/law firm. The knowledge and professionalism that him and his staff bring is so refreshing. At the end of the day they treat you like a person with compassion and not just another "client.". I highly recommend Carlson & Work. 🔥
Fidel S.
20:55 26 Feb 21
I was able to book a consultation quickly. The date of the consultation was also literally next day and the attorney was thorough. He gave me honest frank...
Ana W.
21:41 24 Feb 21
Update:I was contacted shortly after leaving this review and they were extremely cooperative and understanding of my sons situation. They agreed to set up a consultation for my son TODAY 😃🙏. Thank you for your time and you have no idea how much you are appreciated right now.Original:The website says same day consultation but when you call to schedule you are told weeks out. Its an emergency case with a hearing scheduled less for than 24 hours after being served and I'm being told weeks after they state in black and white same day.
lara S.
18:27 18 Nov 20
If you are looking for attentive, caring, and super-smart attorneys, this is your firm. Rebecca and Mathew are quickly becoming the best attorneys in the area for a reason. They will take on your needs in the most efficient and professional way possible. They also are genuinely good people and care about their clients. If you need them, call them without hesitation. You are in good hands.
Kyle Y.
17:15 30 Sep 20
Rebecca is wonderful; she came through after a long fight between my daughter, Kelly G. and her ex. The children are now safe! Highly recommend her and the Carlson and Work team. Thank you again so much!
Kaye C.
18:04 15 Sep 20
Rebecca Carlson did a phenomenal job at representing me during the COVID19 pandemic at our telephonic hearing. She really did an excellent job. Thanks again Rebecca!
! T.
22:08 13 Aug 20
Rebecca Carlson did a phenomenal job at representing me during the COVID19 pandemic at our telephonic hearing. She really did an excellent job. Thanks...
Jordan T.
15:08 13 Aug 20
I never had needed a attorney for anything.I contacted a few different attorney's including Carlson and Work I only heard back from Carlson and Work. I went...
John T.
14:05 10 Jun 20
Working with Carlson & Work Law, despite the circumstances, was as positive of an experience as I could have imagined. They were thorough, a willing...
Chase G.
11:59 08 May 20
Ms. Carlson legal guidance during my court case was outstanding. Her initial consultation concerning the facts of the case was correct and the outcome was...
Robert M.
08:23 02 May 20
Rebecca and Mathew are top-notch Attorneys. They are always attentive and focused on getting the best results possible for their client cases. I highly...
Jazzi P.
21:16 31 Mar 20
I hope I never need them again but if I do, I’m so happy to know they are there!
Joyce D.
11:06 25 Dec 19
Hire this firm. They are the real deal and really care about people.
Steve F.
10:15 23 Dec 19
Rebecca and Mathew are such a perfectly matched partnership. They are hungry and they are determined. I was so impressed working with them both.
Emily M.
20:41 22 Dec 19
Working with any law firm is never easy, there is always tension but you will get the truth from this law firm. I never had anything sugarcoated and I was never told what I wanted to hear, I was only told the truth. At the end of the day, we didn’t get the results we all had hoped for but I got more than my moneys worth out of everyone. The outcome is fair and seeing these people work, gives me peace of mind that I got the best results possible.
Jeffrey A.
22:52 21 Dec 19
I’ve spent the last year speaking with this firm on nearly a daily basis. I would be lying if I didn’t have days that I was upset with them and days that I was pleased with them but at the end of the day, they always answer the phone, they were always honest and prepared me for the difficult times ahead . We went through a tough battle together and I’m so thankful, at the end of the day, they were in my corner.
James C.
22:05 20 Dec 19
Thank you so much to Rebecca ! I will never forget the dedication you all showed me and the compassion you practiced with. My life has been bettered in so many ways just for knowing you all.
Lacresha B.
01:13 19 Dec 19
As former law-enforcement, I have spent my fair share of time in court. Attorney Mathew Work, is hands-down the best trial attorney I have ever seen in my 30 years in law-enforcement. He is confident but not arrogant. He is humble but not passive. He is intelligent but not a know it all. He understands the dynamics and is typically three questions ahead of everyone listening in the court room. He is playing chess and everyone else, often including the judge, is playing checkers. Matthew may sincerely be the only top tier trial attorney in Nevada
Joanne S.
19:45 17 Dec 19
Recently, I found myself facing a very scary custody battle with a very malicious ex. I needed a fighter. I found Rebecca. She is an absolute bull dog. She is smart and demands respect in the court room. Frankly, seeing the opposing attorney in court with Rebecca said it all. She ran circles around the opposition.
Nicholas G.
18:24 16 Dec 19
Hire this firm! They are truly remarkable. Rebecca and Lauren were an excellent tagteam.
Amanda K.
14:29 15 Dec 19
I can’t thank Rebecca enough. She was so honest, dedicated and loyal to me as a client throughout.
Lana R.
14:20 14 Dec 19
Work Law always does an outstanding job. From the first consultation to the end of my case, they have been extremely helpful. I would highly recommend Work Law to anyone needing help in Family Law or Criminal Defense.
Dalton W.
01:09 07 Nov 19
Thanks to Rebecca Carlson, my kiddos are finally where they should have always been. I can’t think Work Law enough for the patience and dedication they showed me.
Roy T.
06:43 05 Nov 19
Mathew Work and Rebecca Carlson were a dynamite duo. The last six months have been very difficult but I’m not certain I could’ve made it through without them. Thank you!
Louise A.
14:11 03 Nov 19
Rebecca Carlson is hands-down the most honest and aggressive attorney I have ever worked with. A lot of attorneys talk a big game but she actually walks the talk.
Carolyn O.
20:39 02 Nov 19
Lorin Taylor and Rebecca Carlson were a dream team. I cannot thank these girls enough for everything they did for me.
Chris E.
14:18 01 Nov 19
I can’t thank you all enough. You are the light at the end of a very difficult tunnel I needed to get through. I know I wasn’t always easy to deal with but thank you for the grace and kindness you showed me.
Arnold W.
03:48 01 Nov 19
You all rock! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. I am so thankful that there are still people like all of you in the community and in the legal profession
Eric S.
11:48 10 Oct 19
I was recently charged with a DUI and retained Mathew Work. They say a good lawyer makes all the difference, they do. Before meeting with Mathew, I met with one of the billboard-type attorneys. The entire meeting was the [other] attorney bragging about all the people he knew and how he would “walk me” through the process. Basically, how he was going to help me get convicted. Mathew, on the other hand, explained the entire process of a DUI conviction, what the DA would need and what he would attack. He did just that, three days later, all charges were DROPPED! He. Is. The. Real. DEAL!
Dwight N.
19:20 07 Oct 19
I really appreciate the quick response that I received from work law on some work related legal questions. They had a great understanding of issues I should...
Greg C.
14:46 15 Sep 19
I called the law office with a couple of questions. Before I could get the words out, they wanted to set me up with an appointment for $200.However after speaking with Matt York and answering my questions I was very satisfied and I am looking for a positive future relationship
Carl H.
03:33 29 Jun 19
Mathew is a stand-up guy!
J D.
20:19 30 Nov 18
Mathew is a standup guy, and is man enough to own up to situations and make them right!
James D.
20:12 30 Nov 18
Very prompt! I messaged them on Yelp when I needed urgent help. They responded in minutes.In a happy turn of events, I did not need their services after...
Adrianna T.
11:15 26 Jul 18
Rebecca was a godsend. From the first day I met with her to today my life has changed remarkably for the better. I can’t thank her and The Firm enough.
Annie D.
01:28 17 Jun 18
If you need a family law attorney or are going through a custody battle, look no further. These people rock and actually care about their clients. Such a breath of fresh air.
Jim H.
18:05 15 Jun 18
If you are in Reno looking for a family law attorney, seriously consider Matthew. He is honest and hard-working. He always responded to my emails personally and I really felt like I had a teammate more than attorney.
Albert A.
08:58 19 May 18
I’m so happy I found Work Law. They were practical, pragmatic and realistic at every turn. They gave me the good and the bad news with nothing but the truth. I really admire Matthews approach to law, he is very common sense and doesn’t waste your time.
Vera B.
13:16 17 May 18
I can’t thank Work Law enough. They came through in one of my darkest hours. Krystal was godsend. She was kind, compassionate and on the ball throughout the entire case. Matthew was able to give tough criticism when I needed to hear it and skillfully attacked the opposing party at trial. He has a gift in the courtroom. They changed my life forever for the best. Thank you!!!
David W.
08:08 06 Apr 18
Matthew and Rebeca were incredible to work with. At every turn, they returned our emails, or phone calls and were there for us whenever we needed to speak. I can’t thank them enough for getting me through such a difficult time. I would highly recommend Matthew and his team to anyone looking for an attorney in Reno. They were missed and compassionate and I can’t thank them enough for bringing a human element to my case. They changed my life in so many positive ways.
Annabel P.
02:23 06 Apr 18
Matthew and his team were nothing short of Lifesavers. They came through for me when I needed them the most. My life has done a complete shift since meeting Matthew, all for the better. He is a unique attorney, he generally cares and has a huge heart. If you were looking for a family law attorney, and right now, Matthew is your guy.
K.Jacobs K.
17:31 16 Jan 18
Work Law was a dream to work with. Can’t thank them all enough and couldn’t have asked for a better outcome to a very difficult family case.
Mike H.
13:09 04 Jan 18
I highly recommend Mathew Work when it comes to handling legal affairs. He is honest, diligent and passionate about what he does. There are hundreds of...
Angelica M.
20:27 24 Nov 17
Mr. work was honest and aggressive throughout his entire representation of my case. He couldn’t have gotten a better result for me and I will never be able to thank him enough. What a top flight guy.
Nandlal M.
17:34 24 Oct 17
Matthew was honest, straightforward and at times blunt but his honesty saved me thousands of dollars in legal fees when he shot it to me straight.
Candis M.
03:43 23 Oct 17
Mathew is an excellent attorney who was able to quickly and effectively settle my traffic case despite prior history. Additionally, he's very nice to work with as he is frank and to the point about what needs to be done to win the case. Definitely would reccomend!
Hawye B.
18:38 22 Oct 17
I went Law firm in Reno, Nevada. I'm very pleased and satisfied with the firm. They are very professional. Highly recommended!
Caris B.
16:45 18 Oct 17
I’ve know Mathew for years and he has helped me and a number of my friends out over the years. He will always put his clients first. There is nothing this attorney hasn’t seen. Very professional, friendly, thorough and does an awesome job explaining the legal side of things in lamemens terms. Highly recommend.
Misty W.
21:28 12 Oct 17
When seeking legal representation, there were many factors that I considered. Chief among them were Legal Competence, Trial Experience, and Accessibility. After interviewing multiple attorney's in the Reno area, Mathew was the clear choice to represent my case.As a former Deputy City Attorney with the City of Reno, Mathew is not only exceptionally well-versed with regards to the letter and spirit of the law, but also, he has a unique understanding of its application within the context of the local judicial environment there in Northern Nevada. Looking beyond his proven track record of successful litigation, Mathew is a warm, decent human being. I will continue to work with him in the future and would recommend him to friends and family without hesitation.
John M.
15:08 11 Oct 17
Work Law is the most honest and hard-working representation you will ever experience. Whether you are in need of family, defense, or business law, look no further than Work Law. Most importantly you get direct contact with Mr. Work. You will not be treated as "a number" like so many other law firms around. You will know he cares about your case. He will work hard to fight for you and you will go to court knowing all the different possible outcomes and what every step entails. Trust me when I say Work Law will go to court for you with the finest representation you will ever come across.
Mark C.
04:01 11 Oct 17
I have never met a more honest person in my life. Mathew always brings his "A" game, day in and day out. If you want an attorney that strengthens his argument, instead of raising his voice to get his point across, Mathew Work is your go to guy. He is by your side every step of the way.
Casey C.
03:23 11 Oct 17
This team knows how to approach delicate situations to maximize client advantage. My family appreciates the one on one family feel, with experience and expertise to match. Highly recommend.
Spencer H.
00:17 11 Oct 17
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HOW CHILD CUSTODY IS DETERMINED IN NEVADA

1. What is Physical Child Custody?

The term “physical custody” describes a child’s living arrangements.

A parent is considered to have primary physical custody of a child if the child spends over 60% of their time living with them.

Parents who have joint physical custody is a child spends 40% or more of their time living with both of their parents.

Schedule a Reno Child Custody Consultation with one of our custody lawyers to help with you with your child custody matters. 

2. What is Legal Child Custody?

The term “legal custody” describes a parent’s right to decide on important aspects of a child’s care. Some examples of this are:

  • The school attended by a child
  • The religion a child is raised in
  • A child’s medical care

Typically, if a parent has physical custody, they will also have or share legal custody. However, it is possible for courts to award a parent with joint legal custody even if that parent does not have physical custody.

For more information, read our related article that explains how physical and legal custody different in Nevada

3. What Determines Child Custody?

There are two different methods used to decide custody in Nevada.

The parents can mutually agree on custody, or custody can be determined by the courts.

Parents with be assigned joint physical and legal custody before the custody arrangement is finalized by the courts.

Joint custody is determined to be in the child’s best interest when parents have agreed to it.

The court may also award joint custody if it can be demonstrated that both parents have worked to build a meaningful relationship with a child.

Joint custody can be awarded even if one parent tries to damage the other parent’s relationship with their child.

In some cases, a parent may make false statements to try to strengthen their position in a custody dispute. A parent could claim that the other party abuses drugs or has committed domestic violence or spousal rape (NRS 200.373).

3.1 Mediation

In Reno, it is required for parents to participate in mediation during custody disputes. Parents will try to come to an agreement on custody during this time.

If parents are unable to come to an agreement, custody will be determined by a judge.

3.2 How Do Judges Determine Custody?

In Nevada, the court’s only consideration is the child’s best interests (NRS 125C.0035)

Judges take numerous factors into account when deciding what is in the best interest of a child such as:

  • History of abuse or child neglect
  • Past instances of domestic violence
  • What the child wants
  • Whether a child will be able to maintain a proper relationship with their siblings
  • Conflict between the child’s parents
  • Whether parents can work together to meet the child’s needs
  • The physical and mental conditions of the parents
  • The child’s emotional and physical needs
  • The relationship the child has with each parent.

In some cases, the court may conduct an investigation to determine if physical custody is suitable.6

3.3 Do Courts Favor Mothers In Custody Disputes?

When deciding custody in the state of Nevada, the mother is not automatically favored.

The sole consideration is the child’s best interest. Joint physical custody will be granted if the court decides that is in the best interests of the child.

After the judge has made a decision, it is legally binding.

4. How is Parentage Determined in Nevada?

Nevada NRS 126 states that parentage is not determined by marital status. Instead, a parental relationship is determined when:

  • An individual has given birth outside of a surrogacy agreement
  • The child has been legally adopted
  • Two people that are not married have a co-parenting agreement that’s been signed
  • A surrogate was used to conceive a child for a parent
  • A man served as a sperm donor with the intention of serving as a parent to the child after birth.

5. Custody Arrangements for Same-Sex Parents

It has been determined by the Supreme Court of Nevada that custody arrangements can be enforced between same-sex partners.

It only matters that both parties have agreed to be parents. These factors are not considered:

  • Whether the parents and child are biologically related
  • The parent’s gender

As an example, two men might choose to have a child together. One party will provide sperm. The eggs will be donated. A surrogate will carry the child.

If there isn’t a written agreement in place, the surrogate could be assumed to be the mother of the child. However, if a contract is signed, parental relationships will be determined. The surrogate and the egg donor will not be considered to be parents.

6. Is It Possible for Someone to be Awarded Custody When They Are Not the Parent?

Courts can give custody to someone other than a child’s parents, but this will only be done in situations where:

  • It is determined that giving a parent custody would be damaging to the child
  • It is determined to be in the best interest of the child to award custody to a non-parent

7. Will I Have Visitation Rights If I Do Not Win Custody?

A parent that has not been awarded custody can still be given visitation rights by a judge. This can be determined via court order.

When the order is granted, it must specify visitation terms and times.

It is necessary for the terms to be specific so that it can be enforced and so that the best interests of the child can be protected.

If the custodial parent does not allow a parent their legal visitation, the court can award that parent with additional visitation time.

8. How Can a Reno Child Custody Order Be Modified?

Both parents have the option of petitioning the court and requesting a modification to the custody agreement.14 A custody agreement may be modified for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Changed circumstances, such as job loss, mean a parent can’t afford child support payments
  • A child has special needs, like necessary medical treatment, that are new
  • A custodial parent is interested in an out-of-state move.

9. What Do Child Custody Laws in Nevada Say About Out of State Moves?

Even if a parent has primary physical custody of a child, they can only move out of state when the other parent or the court provides consent.

This rule covers all out-of-state moves, as well as in-state moves that would impact the other parent’s ability to maintain a meaningful relationship with their child.

If a parent that doesn’t hold custody refuses to agree to a reasonable moving request, there many be consequences. For example, courts may order the other parent to cover attorney’s fees in situations where:

  • The non-custodial parent refuses a request without providing reasonable grounds for that refusal
  • A parent does not provide consent in order to harass the custodial parent

9.1 How Do Courts Decide if a Parent Can Move?

If a parent with custody wants to move out of state, they must demonstrate to the courts that:

  • The purpose of the move isn’t to keep the other parent from spending time with their child
  • There is a good reason for the request
  • Relocating is in the best interests of the child
  • The parent and child will be benefited from the move.

Courts may also look at whether it will be possible for the other parent to continue to have a meaningful relationship with their child after moving.

10. What Are the Consequences for Child Custody Agreement Violations in Nevada?

In Nevada, child custody order violations are a category Examples of child custody agreement violations are:

  • Purposefully removing, concealing, or detaining a child from a parent that has legal custody
  • Purposefully refusing a parent legal visitation
  • Removing a child from the jurisdiction of the court without obtaining consent from the other parent

Punishment for Nevada custody agreement violations can include a prison sentence of 1 to 4 years

NEVADA CUSTODY LAWS

Under Nevada law, there are two forms of custody a court will consider (1) Legal Custody and (2) Physical Custody. When you meet with one of Carlson & Work’s experienced family law attorneys, we will formulate a plan of attack to achieve your child custody and visitation goals.

What is Legal Custody?

In Nevada, legal custody refers to the right of either parent to make the most central and important decisions as they relate to your child’s life. The main area that a family law and custody lawyers can assist in is determining (1) schooling of their child including where the child attends, (2) religion of their child, and where the child attends (3) any medical decisions as they relate to your child. 

What is Physical Custody?

In Nevada, physical custody primarily relates to the physical living arraignment the family law court determines is best for your child. In the simplest terms, physical custody determines where and when your child is at any given time and which parent has the legal write to their child at any given time. If a family law judge orders that one parent occupies more than 60% of their child’s time, it will be determined that the parent holds primary physical custody of their child. Carlson & Work has successfully fought to obtain joint and primary custody for many of our family law clients. 

 If you need a child custody attorney in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Minden or anywhere in Northern Nevada, please contact Carlson & Work Today.

Joint Legal Custody

Joint legal custody is the most common form of legal custody awarded in Nevada. Unless there is a judicial order stating otherwise, joint legal custody is presumed. In joint legal custody, both parents share the ability to make major decisions about their child, and further, have to consult with one another regarding these major decision.

Sole Legal Custody

Sole legal custody is less common. Sole legal custody requires a judge determining only one parent should have the right to make all major decisions for the child, and be the only parent to have access to critical information about their child.

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CHILD SUPPORT ATTORNEY REPRESENTATION

A family law attorney can help many ways in regards to child support. With the help of an attorney, child support can be established, and even reviewed to decrease or increase the amount of support due each month. A parent may request child support to be reviewed if there has been a significant change in circumstances, or a significant change in income.

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SPOUSAL SUPPORT & ALIMONY

Despite what many say, Spousal Support and Alimony are always a consideration and potential outcome in any divorce in Nevada. In Nevada, Spousal Support and Alimony can have a massive impact on your long-term financial health, retirement and earnings capacity. You need an experienced attorney who fully understands the law and how to best position your case.

Spousal Support

Spousal Support is financial support that is awarded by a court during the marriage. Typically, Spousal Support payments are awarded during the divorce proceedings. The court’s goal is often to make sure both parties are on equal footing financially during the divorce. These payments are not long term and will stop at the end of the divorce proceedings.

Alimony

Alimony is financial support that is awarded by a court after the divorce is finalized. There are several factors a judge will consider when awarding alimony. These factors include: the difference income between the spouses, length of the marriage, the education and employability of either spouse, and whether one spouse has a health condition that makes income earning difficult.

The impacts of a Nevada divorce can be life-changing and lifelong. If anything, don’t leave the outcome to chance. You need a trusted divorce attorney by your side. Call us today, we will consider and review all legal options available to best position your case.

COMMON CONSIDERATIONS

  • Duration of The Marriage
  • Whether One Spouse Committed Marital Waste
  • Earning Capacity
  • Marital Roles During Marriage
  • Whether One Spouse Has Violated a Financial Restraining Order

CHILD CUSTODY FAQs

It is not necessary to have a Reno child custody lawyer in a custody case but having a lawyer can give you the advantage of giving proper legal advice which can turn the case in your favor. Not having any legal background can be detrimental to presenting your case in the court of law.

A parent can only file for a petition in Nevada if their child or children has been living in the state for at least six months, although there are exceptions to this rule. If the child or children has not been in Nevada for the six month duration, legal counsel is highly recommended before filing any motion or petition

The judges often consider the following in determining which custody arrangement will be in the best interest of the child: The child’s wishes, if the child is already of sufficient age, and if they are able to make an intelligent decision or preference.

 

Regardless of whether the parents are divorced, or not married, Nevada courts prefer a joint custody setup with regards to children. But the child’s best interests are taken into consideration when giving primary physical custody to either one of the parents.

Nevada courts do not favor one parent over the other and base their ruling on the child’s best interests. If the child or children is young or has young siblings, it may be in their best interest to primarily be with the mother. Either one of the parents has primary physical custody if the child resides with at the particular parent at least 60% of the time. The court may also grant sole custody to a parent if it is in line with the child’s best interest.

A parent and his or her environment can be deemed unfit if the court has determined that they have an addiction to vices such as drugs or alcohol, mental disorder, has been abusive, has neglected or failed to give proper care for their child or children.

Motions can be refused if they do not adhere to the procedural requirements. It can be refused by the clerk for filing and may be refused by the judge for a hearing.

The maximum child support is based on the presumptive maximums under NRS 125B.070. of which:

  1. For one child, 18 percent;
  2. For two children, 25 percent;
  3. For three children, 29 percent;
  4. For four children, 31 percent; and
  5. For each additional child, an additional 2 percent,

*Percentages are also based on monthly income brackets under NRS 125B.070

There are four primary changes in the new child support law:

  1. There is no minimum amount set for child support
  2. Statutory caps on child support no longer applies
  3. The percentages and calculations of child support have changed
  4. The age at which child support ends has changed

Child support ends at the age of 18 but if the child is still studying in high school, it will end at age 19. If the child has a mental or physical disability, the court can extend beyond the age of majority and can be terminated if the child receives a court order to remove a disability status.

Back child support payments based on Nevada law have no statute of limitations for the enforcement of child support if a court order exists. Retroactive support up to a period of 4 years may be requested if a court order does not exist.

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