Child Custody

Struggling with child custody disputes in Nevada? Seeking legal help to enforce or modify a custody or visitation decision?

Whatever legal concern you are facing related to child custody, Richard P. Davies, Esq. is prepared to help you.

When you become a parent, nothing and no one is more important than your child. You will naturally do everything to be with them, make them happy, and keep them safe. It’s no surprise, then, that emotions run high during child custody cases.

Attorney Richard Davies, a leading child custody lawyer in Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada, is fully aware of how emotionally draining such cases can be. He also knows that any ruling will affect the child’s well-being and have a profound impact on their and your future.

He and his team of attorneys will help you every step of the way, from gathering the relevant information to preparing you for the intense scrutiny and pressure you may be under when in court. He will do his best to ensure you make smart decisions and don’t commit any missteps when fighting for your parent-child relationship. After all, in the end, what matters most to Attorney Davies is that your parental rights and your child’s best interests are protected. 

You can’t get this kind of personal attention and support from any other Reno child custody attorney.

Child Custody FAQ

What are the two types of child custody?

There are two types of child custody in Nevada – legal and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the decision-making power pertaining to aspects that significantly affect the child, such as education, religion, and medical decisions. In most cases, parents have joint legal custody of their children.

Physical custody, on the other hand, refers to where and with whom the child lives. This type of custody can also be jointly shared, where the parents share equal parenting time. There are instances, however, when one parent is the primary custodian (has a majority of the time with the child), and the other parent is granted visitation rights (parenting time).

Note that physical custody determines the amount of child support to be given and who is responsible for paying.

Nevada child custody laws generally favor joint custody, as long as this arrangement is in the child’s best interests.

How does the court determine child custody?

The main guideline for a judge deciding custody is the best interest of the child(ren). Some factors they may include in their decision are:

  • Child's relationship with each parent
  • Physical, emotional, and developmental needs of the child
  • Physical and mental health of each parent
  • Whether the parents have a history of domestic violence or parental neglect toward the child or their sibling(s)
  • Child's ability to maintain a relationship with any siblings
  • Each parent's willingness to cooperate and ensure the child's needs are addressed
  • Child's wishes, if they are of sufficient age
  • Which parent is more likely to allow the child to have frequent association and a continuing relationship with the other parent

What about modifying a child custody agreement?

Naturally, circumstances may change for both parents and their growing children. As a result, every parent has the right to request that the court modify an existing custody or visitation order by filing a motion (written request) with the court.

Note that when deciding whether to grant a modification the court will again consult the child’s best interests (which, of course, might be different from the circumstances of the initial order, as the child’s needs could have changed with age).

It is largely the petitioning parent’s responsibility to prove that the modification is in the child’s best interests.

Child custody cases are emotionally charged proceedings, not to mention complicated and frustrating. Richard P. Davies, Esq. handles child custody concerns with extreme care, and his legal strategies focus primarily on the child’s best interests, which proves useful as he prepares your case for court. If you are a parent who would like to assert your parental rights or gain more access to your child, you need a Reno child custody attorney with both the experience and the compassion to effectively represent you.

Have questions about your case? Looking for an experienced Reno attorney to take charge? Call now to schedule your free consultation at (775) 360-6894.

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