Child Custody

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Nevada law on Child Custody:

If the parents are married to each other, either parent can hire a family law attorney to file an action requesting divorce, legal separation, or annulment or file a petition for custody and support of minor children.

Prior to a parent addressing the issue of custody and visitation, there must be a formal underlying court action in a Nevada family court. This may be done by a complaint for divorce or a complaint for paternity instituted by your Nevada family law attorney.

If the parents are unmarried, either parent’s family law lawyer may file an action to establish the parental relationship or file the petition for custody and support of minor children. 

These legal proceedings allow for temporary orders to be granted before a trial or settlement.

One of the most challenging issues in family court involves the custody of a child or children. If the parents cannot agree on custody arrangements, a court must make the decision. The decision will always be based on the judge’s interpretation of the "best interests" of the child. The court will consider a several factors including but not limited to, the wishes of the child and the parents, the mental and physical health of all parties, domestic violence accusations or convictions, abuse of drug or alcohol, and the current living arrangements of the parents and the child.

The family law attorneys at The Wright Law Offices are dedicated to helping Las Vegas mothers and fathers who are dealing with child custody issues. 

When you decide to separate or divorce, many decisions must be made that will have a significant impact on your children. In Nevada, child custody is based on the best interests of the child. If the two parties in a divorce cannot agree on a child custody arrangement, they will be ordered to mediation to try and resolve the issue. If your child custody dispute cannot be resolved through mediation, the court will issue a temporary child custody order. You and your spouse have a right to a child custody trial before the court will issue a final, permanent order. The Wright Law Offices is thoroughly familiar with Nevada family laws regarding parenting and custody. We understand that child custody cases often involve highly emotional conditions, and we stress providing intense but respectful representation. We will carefully review each case with the client and summarize its strengths and weaknesses. If you are thinking about filing a divorce, paternity, or other family law action that involves child custody, contact us today.

We can help resolve all types of legal custody and physical issues such as:

Joint custody
Primary custody
Child relocation, moving with the child
Parenting plans and visitation rights
Parenting plan modifications
Child support enforcement and modification

In determining who will have primary physical custody of the children, one of the factors the court considers is which parent is more likely to allow frequent and continuing visitation with the other parent. Our child custody attorney works with you to develop a parenting plan that will allow both the parents and the children to adjust to the parents' separation. We also encourage parties to seek counseling for themselves and their children. At The Wright Law Offices, we are committed to guiding you through every step of a child custody action. We approach our cases with intensity and respect, and we recognize our responsibility not only to our clients, but also to promote and protect the best interests of children.

If your divorce will include child custody legal matters, contact a Las Vegas child custody attorney at The Wright Law Offices for an inexpensive initial consultation about our legal services. Get the help you need today!


The information about child custody contained on this page is not intended to be legal advice about child custody.  Your child custody matter should always be evaluated by a child custody lawyer.  You should treat child custody with the seriousness it requires. Just as you would not likely conduct surgery on yourself, you should not represent yourself in court regarding your child custody matter.  At the very least, consult with a child custody lawyer—multiple times if necessary if you insist upon representing yourself.