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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. Work Law is widely considered one of the top child custody law firms in Reno, Nevada.
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 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.
In Nevada, physical custody refers to where the child will spend most of their time. An experienced custody attorney will have a significant impact on the child. Physical custody cases determine the child’s school, community, and daily child development activities. Hiring the right custody lawyer is vital in obtaining desired outcomes, including protecting parental visitation rights.
The following are the three (3) types of physical custody recognized under Nevada law:
Sole physical custody provides one parent with access to their child. The non-custodial parent has no custodial rights and often, has no right of visitation. Most common, this type of judgment is reached when one parent is determined to be a threat to the child’s health or safety.
Joint Physical Custody is one of the most common forms of custody granted in the Family Court. Joint Physical Custody authorizes 40% of the child’s time with either parent. By law, a judge must grant joint physical custody unless compelling arguments are made. Hiring an experienced custody law attorney can mean the difference between a judge awarding primary physical custody or joint physical custody.
Primary physical custody exists when one parent has the children more than 60% of the year. The other parent will have parenting time, commonly referred to as visitation. Often, an experienced family attorney is needed to obtain such a determination of custody. In these cases, a custody attorney will demonstrate that the factors under NRS 125.0035(4)(c) show that an award for primary physical custody is appropriate.
The following are some of the most significant factors a judge will consider when determining whether one parent may be eligible for primary physical custody:
If there is no child custody and visitation court order in place – a parent will file a petition to establish custody.
If there is a child custody and visitation order in place – a parent can file a motion to modify the order.
If a petition to establish custody is filed, the opposing party will then have twenty (20) calendar days to file a response.
Typically, after a motion to modify custody has been filed, the opposing party with have approximately ten (10) court calendar days.
If a petition to establish custody was filed, the court will first set the matter for a case management conference, followed by a settlement hearing and possibly a trial.
If a motion to modify custody was filed, the court will set the hearing to allow the custody attorneys to argue the motion and present evidence.
The parties always have the opportunity to settle on terms that they feel benefit both parties. If no settlement is reached, a judge will decide, based on the evidence presented and the factors of NRS 125.0035(4)(c), what outcome would be in the best interests of the minor child(ren).