For many couples, no determination in their divorce is as important as child custody. The good news is that many legal precedents about child custody have been phased out and the state of Nevada now believes that both parents (divorcing or unmarried) should have prominent roles in their child's life. It is, however, still strongly advised that each parent approach this process with vigilant legal representation ready to safeguard the client's role in the life of the child.
If you have questions or concerns about child custody in your upcoming divorce or are an unmarried parent facing a custody issue, we invite you to contact our compassionate and skilled team here at Ford & Friedman. At our firm, we fully appreciate how important child custody is to our clients and, because our team takes a collaborative approach to each case, you can trust that your custody matter will receive the attention and expertise it deserves.
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Most divorcing couples and unmarried parents seeking a custody arrangement will have an opportunity to come to a child custody agreement themselves. There are two forms of custody to consider in Nevada: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody allows a parent to make important decisions concerning the child's upbringing and well-being (including health decisions, education decisions, religious decisions, etc.). The parent who lives with the child and takes care of their day-to-day needs has physical custody of the child.
If parents can agree to custody terms, they can submit their proposed arrangement to the court for approval. Courts generally look at the best interests of the children as a factor in deciding custody and parenting time. The reality is that, in most cases, the court will favor some form of joint custody.
If parents cannot agree, then a hearing will be set and both parents can make their child custody arguments to the court. The court will initially grant a temporary child custody order, which will stay in effect until a permanent custody arrangement is ordered by the court. It is important for parents in these circumstances act in a manner that promotes the best interest of your children while the temporary custody order is in effect.
No matter what your circumstances are in these cases, our firm is ready to help. We can help you negotiate an amicable child custody arrangement with your spouse or co-parent or, if necessary, we will stand for you in court to assert your side of contested custody matter.
At our firm, we also understand that child custody issues are not exclusive to the biological parents of children. Our dedicated Henderson family lawyers are familiar with Nevada's laws concerning a wide array of additional custody matters that a family may be facing.
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Do not hesitate to seek a favorable resolution to you child custody matter. Call our firm at (702) 904-9898 today to start exploring your legal options.