August 10

Relocation and Child Custody in Nevada: Legal Considerations

Relocation can be a complex issue when it comes to child custody matters. When one parent wishes to move away with a child, it is crucial to understand the legal requirements and considerations involved. In Nevada, specific laws are in place to address these situations and ensure the best interests of the child are protected. Let’s delve into the legal aspects of relocation and child custody in Nevada.

Legal Requirements for Relocation

Nevada law recognizes that parental relocation can significantly impact the child’s relationship with the non-relocating parent. Therefore, specific legal requirements must be adhered to when seeking to relocate with a child. Here are some key considerations:

Notice to the Non-Relocating Parent

If a parent intends to relocate with a child, they must provide written notice to the non-relocating parent at least 45 days before the intended move. The notice must include specific information such as the new address, contact details, reasons for the move, and a proposed revised custodial schedule.

Objection by the Non-Relocating Parent

Upon receiving the relocation notice, the non-relocating parent has 21 days to file an objection with the court. If no objection is filed within this timeframe, the relocation may proceed as proposed. However, if an objection is filed, the court will intervene and consider various factors to determine whether the relocation is in the best interests of the child.

Best Interests of the Child Standard

In relocation cases, the court applies the “best interests of the child” standard to make a decision. This standard evaluates various factors, including but not limited to:

  • The child’s relationship with each parent and extended family members
  • The child’s current academic, social, and emotional needs
  • The potential impact of the relocation on the child’s physical and emotional well-being
  • The non-relocating parent’s ability to maintain a meaningful relationship with the child after the move
  • Any history of domestic violence or abuse

The court’s primary focus is to ensure the child’s best interests are protected and that both parents have the opportunity to maintain a close and loving relationship with their child.

Factors Considered by the Court

When determining whether to grant permission for relocation, the court considers various factors. These factors often include:

Reason for Relocation

The court will assess the reasons provided by the relocating parent for the proposed move. Valid reasons, such as job opportunities, educational advantages, or improved living conditions, may carry more weight in favor of relocation.

Impact on the Child

The court examines how the relocation may impact the child’s life. This analysis includes assessing the child’s ties to the community, school, friends, and extended family members. The court aims to ensure that the child’s overall well-being and stability are maintained.

Co-Parenting Arrangements

The court will evaluate the existing co-parenting arrangements and consider whether they can be reasonably modified to accommodate the proposed relocation. This assessment includes examining the non-relocating parent’s ability to maintain a meaningful relationship with the child despite the distance.

Communication and Visitation Plans

To address the potential challenges of long-distance parenting, the court may require the relocating parent to create a comprehensive communication and visitation plan that fosters ongoing contact between the child and the non-relocating parent.


Relocation and child custody matters require careful consideration of legal requirements and the best interests of the child. In Nevada, specific laws are in place to ensure that any proposed relocation is thoroughly evaluated to protect the child’s well-being and preserve the parent-child relationship.

If you find yourself facing a relocation situation, it is essential to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can guide you through the legal process and help you navigate the complexities of child custody and relocation laws in Nevada. By seeking appropriate legal counsel, you can ensure that your rights and the best interests of your child are protected throughout this challenging and often emotionally charged process.

Seek professional advice to navigate the relocation process. Attorney Richard P. Davies and his team can help you plan the best future for your child. Call (775) 360-6894 or email us to schedule a free consultation!


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