Child custody is so important for so many families which is why it is important for them to understand the factors that are used to determine child custody. Child custody determinations are made based on what is in the best interests of the child and a series of factors are evaluated to decide what would be best for each child in each unique and individual situation.
How child custody is determined in Nevada
Child custody factors the family law court may consider when determining child custody in Nevada include:
- Which parent is more likely to care for the daily physical, emotional, developmental and education needs of the child;
- Which parent is more likely to care for any special needs of the child;
- Which parent is most likely to maintain a loving, stable, consistent and nurturing relationship with the child;
- Which parent is most likely to encourage and allow frequent contact between the child and the other parent;
- The wishes of the child based on the child’s age;
- The child’s relationship with any siblings; and
- The need for consistency and continuity in the child’s education, community and family life.
Parents are encouraged to work together to agree on a child custody arrangement that is best for their child. If they are unable to do so, the family law court can help by developing a child custody arrangement that is in the best interests of the child based on a consideration of child custody factors.
The goal of any child custody arrangement is to create a safe and stable living situation for the child that fosters their growth, development and overall well-being. Whether the parents are deciding or the family law court is deciding, the focus should always be what is in the best interest of the child.