Child Custody FAQs

Your Questions Answered About Las Vegas Child Custody

Child custody is one of the most contentious legal issues in family law. It is also one of the least well-understood. If you are preparing to divorce or separate from your spouse and you have children, it’s essential that you understand how child custody works in the state of Nevada. To speak with an experienced child custody lawyer in Nevada, contact the capable legal team at Smith Legal Group. We work to alleviate as much of the stress and emotional burden associated with family law issues as possible.

For most couples who are considering divorce, child custody is an unfamiliar subject. Here are some questions that many people have about child custody:

How is child custody decided?

In Nevada, both parents will receive joint custody automatically unless a judge determines that one parent is unfit to participate in decisions about a child’s life.

Is child support related to child custody?

If one parent has physical custody of a child, the other may be ordered to pay child support. If both parents have joint custody of a child, however, neither parent may be required to pay child support.

How does child custody affect grandparents?

When one parent is granted sole custody of a child, the court will determine whether or not grandparents have the right to visit the child.

Can a child custody arrangement be altered?

If one parent believes that it is in a child’s best interest to change the terms of the custody arrangement, he or she may ask the court to change it.

Is a child obligated to appear in court?

Nevada courts try to keep children out of participating in cases of divorce and child custody. If the court wishes to learn anything from a child, a specialist will interview the child on the court’s behalf, but the child will not be asked to appear in court.

What are the types of Child Custody in Nevada?

Child custody is a term used to describe the legal relationship between a child and his or her parents. In Nevada, child custody is defined in two ways:

Legal custody. This refers to which of the two parents makes important decisions for a child. For example, it may include the ability to make decisions regarding a child’s religious upbringing, where he she attends school, and his or her medical care.

Physical custody. This refers to which of the two parents will actually live with the child and provide care on a daily basis. When joint custody is arranged, the child will spend time residing with both parents. If one parent is awarded sole custody, that parent is considered to be both the legal and physical custodian of the child.

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