Nevada child custody laws favor joint custody. In Nevada, there is a presumption that joint custody is in the best interests of the child. Parents who wish to file for child custody in Nevada should first become familiar with the custody statutes in this state.
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Best Interests of the Child
A family court in Nevada will determine custody of a child based solely on the best interests of the child. Factors included in a best interests determination are:
- The child's ability to maintain contact with siblings
- The mental and physical health of both parents
- The child's physical and emotional needs
- Any history of abuse
- The child's wishes, if the child is of a sufficient age and intelligence to decide (usually 12 years of age or older)
- The child's relationship with each parent
- The level of conflict between the parents
- Whether either parent has committed an act of abduction against the child or any other child
- Each parent's willingness to encourage a relationship between the child and the co-parent
Domestic Violence and Child Custody in Nevada
In Nevada, the court presumes that it is not in the best interests of the child to grant custody to a parent accused of domestic violence. However, the court will consider:
- Prior acts of domestic violence
- The likelihood of future acts of violence
- The severity of the injuries inflicted during the domestic violence
Modification of Child Custody in Nevada
A family court in Nevada will modify or terminate child custody if it's determined that the current custody arrangement is not in the best interests of the child.
For more information about child custody in Nevada, visit the Nevada Domestic Relations statute or speak with a qualified attorney in Nevada.