Understanding Your Child Custody Options

Our firm understands that custody battles can be highly emotional. At Hanratty Law Group, we strive to ease your worries about the future of your relationship with your child.

The purpose of custody determination is to ensure that minor children have a continuing relationship with both parents. In Nevada, parents generally are considered to have equal rights to their children. Aside from special situations, both parents also have stronger rights to their children than third parties, such as a grandparent.

Nevada does not determine custody according to gender. Instead, courts focus on facts and circumstances to protect the best interests of children. We can be your advocate throughout custody proceedings, keeping your child's well-being at the core of our family law practice.

Can Parents Mediate Child Custody?

Clark County District Court, Family Division offers a mediation program through the Family Mediation Center located at the family court. This mediation program deals solely with the issues of child custody — including visitation and holiday schedule.

During mediation, you and the other parent will meet with a mediator to determine if you can agree on a custodial arrangement. If you reach an agreement during mediation, the mediator will prepare a parenting plan and seek court approval. On the other hand, if you are unable to reach an agreement, the matter will be set for trial. Our lawyers can work with you whether your case involves mediation or litigation.

Child Custody Across Multiple States

Some parents have lived in separate states and some families may have recently relocated to Nevada. This situation may complicate your child custody case because it might affect which laws apply to you. Our firm can help you understand the details of your case.

Nevada's Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act and the federal Parental Kidnapping Act both influence custody proceedings. To determine child custody jurisdiction, Nevada typically considers the home state of the child (where the child has resided for at least six months), where the child and at least one parent has significant contacts, emergency jurisdiction and whether another state has exercised jurisdiction over the minor child.

Relocating With Your Child

You must obtain express written consent from the other parent or the court before you can relocate to another state. There are many different factors that come into play when the court makes a temporary or final award of custody. As such, each case is unique and necessitates the guidance of a knowledgeable lawyer.

Call Hanratty Law Group For Guidance

We aim to help our clients and their children reach a healthy custody arrangement. If you have concerns regarding your child custody case, we are eager to have a conversation together. Schedule a time to discuss your situation through our website or at 702-570-9287.

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