Divorcing parents face the daunting task of having to make major decisions before they end their marriage. One of the most important issues that couples must resolve is the custody of their children. In these instances, parents should turn to experienced Las Vegas custody lawyers. At The Hill Law Group, our team of attorneys can help you consider all the factors involved in making this monumental decision about your children. We can assist with establishing custody, modifying custody, and paternity matters related to custody.
In Nevada, the Court’s main consideration when determining child custody or visitation is the best interest of the children. A court will not grant custody to parents based solely on the fact that they are the mother or the father of the child. In some cases, a judge may ask the children with whom they would like to live or order a child interview.
The types of child custody in Nevada are: legal custody and physical custody. The courts generally tend to award joint legal custody except in unusual cases. Legal custody gives parents all the rights and responsibilities to make decisions in regard to their children’s medical care, education, religion, and welfare. Physical custody is the actual amount of time a parent has with a child.
In general, courts tend to award joint legal custody except when it’s not in the best interest of the child. Joint legal custody (also referred to as shared legal custody) is when parents share the authority to make decisions for and about their child or children.
You need to clarify in your custody agreement which type of legal custody arrangement you want because this determines who will make decisions about your child’s medical care, religion, education, and more.
It’s important to note that legal custody differs from physical custody. Physical custody determines where your child lives, so you can have joint legal custody and have sole physical custody.
Joint legal custody is preferred in many states because it allows both parents to have input in their child’s upbringing. Additionally, joint legal custody benefits the child because it allows them to feel connected to and cared for by each parent.
There are several different ways that legal custody can be shared:
Having the representation of a competent child custody lawyer in Las Vegas can help you for many reasons.
The court’s consideration when determining custody is the best interest of the child. You can prove that it is not in the child’s best interest to be with the other parent because of domestic violence against a parent or the child, child abuse, issues with drugs and alcohol or anything else that may affect the best interests of the child.
It is hard for either parent to fight for sole custody of a child. A mother has no more rights over the child than a father has. Prior to going to court, each parent has equal rights to the child. Regardless of whether you are the mother or the father, you both have equal rights to the child unless and until you can prove to the court that the other party is unfit to have custody. The United States Constitution guarantees equal protection under the law. Therefore, the father is protected and has equal rights.
At The Hill Law Group, our Las Vegas child custody attorneys have more than 35 years of combined experienced in the legal system. Robert and Shauna are dedicated Las Vegas child custody attorneys who have helped many families in Nevada over the course of their careers. We can provide you with dedicated and highly trained legal counsel.
To learn more about how we can help with your child custody case, contact us online or call (702) 781-7222 now.