When divorcing parents come into the courtroom to determine parenting arrangements, judges in Nevada typically base their decisions on the best interests of the child.
While parents' preferences are taken into consideration, neither the mother nor the father starts with any greater right to custody. Judges take a look at several factors relevant to parenting and are guided by factors which are established in the state's laws, such as health and safety, emotional and developmental needs, as well as co-parenting and communication skills.
You can expect the judge to consider the following factors before making a decision:
- The quality of the relationship between the child and each parent
- The child's age
- The wishes of each parent
- The child's wishes (if they are considered old enough to express their own desires)
- The willingness of each parent to work together so their child is able to have a great relationship with both
- The mental and physical health of each parent and the child
- The ability of each parent to provide a stable, loving environment
- The amount of adjustment and attachment between the child and their home, school, and community
- Any evidence of domestic violence, abuse, or neglect by either parent against the other or to their child
Nevada favors joint custody – if the parents agree to it. Unless there is evidence of domestic abuse or some other indication that the parents are not able to work together for the benefit of their child.