A child custody battle is one of the most stressful things you can go through. However, it is worth the effort and stress to fight for what is best for your children. In Nevada, the courts prefer to keep both parents in the children’s lives. This means that some type of joint custody arrangement is the preferred option. However, there are some situations when the best interest of the child is to remain in the sole custody of one parent. If you want custody of your children and think it is the right option, there are a few things you should do to get the process started.
Gain an understanding of the different types of custody
It is important to gain an understanding of the different types of custody before you seek out one particular option. Once you understand the different types of custody, you will have a clearer idea about which option is right for your child. Legal and physical custody are the two broad categories of custody recognized in the State of Nevada. Legal custody has to do with your right to make important decisions about what happens with your child – such as medical treatment. Physical custody refers to how much time you get to spend with your child and where he or she lives. Parents often share both legal and physical custody. In extreme situations, however, one parent is granted sole physical and legal rights. Sole custody means that you make all decisions for your children and have them 100% of the time. This is not common place.
Get clear on why you think sole custody is best for your children
It is important to get clear on why you think sole custody is best for your children. The courts only grant this option in extreme situations. This is because the goal, if possible, is to allow children to maintain a relationship with both parents. Sole custody is an option in situations where one parent is completely uninvolved and does not want to be involved. If one parent in is prison or has been convicted of a serious crime, sole custody may be an option. If the other parent is uninvolved or incarcerated, you may have a valid reason for seeking sole custody.
Work with a lawyer who is experienced in family law
Sole custody is not granted lightly. You need the help of an experienced lawyer who practices in family law if you want to this to be the outcome. Having a child custody lawyer in your corner is a good idea no matter what type of custody you are seeking but it is an absolute must if you are seeking sole custody.
If you are seeking sole custody of your children, reach out to Warnock Family Law. We will walk you through each step of the process and help you navigate your child custody case. Reach out to set up a confidential consultation today.