Nevada Child Custody

Nevada prefers to keep parents in control of the process of raising and caring for their children. When parents cooperate, they may choose to follow a parental agreement of their own design as long as it is in the child’s best interests. There are many reasons that parents choose not to get a custody order from the court.  Some parents make informal agreements that work well for them and never need to involve the court. If parents cannot agree, then the court will make the custody and child support ruling for your family. It can be helpful to talk with an attorney about an informal or court-ordered custody arrangement.

Most agreements will include:

  • The right to make decisions about your child ( Legal Custody)  and
  • The right to have your child live or spend time with you (Physical Custody and Visitation).

Joint Legal Custody and Joint Physical Custody are the normal preferences in Nevada and unless there is a reason for another determination.

Without a custody order, it is possible that you may not have enforceable rights to your child/children, even if you’re the parent that takes care of the child every day. However, once custody is established with a court order, the courts are reluctant to change it without good cause. If you’re involved in a current custody case, it’s critical to take it seriously and presume that it is your opportunity to address the court.

Nevada Joint Physical Custody VS Nevada Legal Custody

Joint Physical Custody is shared by both parents. Both parents split the physical and usually the legal responsibilities for the child and a close to equal timeshare. Many family law professionals believe that joint custody is in the best interest of the child because it facilitates a continuing and meaningful relationship with both parents.

Legal Custody normally includes decisions and information affecting the welfare of the child. Parents with joint legal custody make decisions such as which school the child should attend and general welfare-related decisions. Legal custody is not about time spent with the child.

To better understand how the best interest of the child factors apply to your case, contact Jacovino Law at (702) 776-7179 or schedule a consultation at  We have experienced family law attorneys that understand the sensitivity and legal aspects of your custody case.