This is the next post in my series on how a Las Vegas father can make a case for primary child custody. My last article discussed the need for discovery in child custody cases. It is important to understand that such matters are not won with secret evidence which is uncovered at the last minute. Instead, building a proper case requires the methodical accumulation of evidence. Discovery is the process through which that accumulation takes place. Retaining a fathers’ rights attorney, who is experienced in such matters, can help to ensure that your case is handled properly. In this article I will discuss the reasons why some child custody orders may be “longer lasting” than others. If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
A Clark County Family Court Judge’s custody determinations will always be based on the best interests of the child. When determining what is in a child’s best interests, the Court will consider factors such as the child’s wishes (depending on their age and maturity), the needs of the child and the ability of each parent to meet those needs, the mental and physical well-being of each parent, and more. The Court will begin each case with the presumption that custody should be shared between the two parents. A Judge will only vary from this presumption if a finding of joint custody would not be in the best interests of the child.
If the Court issues a custody order, due to facts that are only temporary in nature, then the Judge will be more likely to revisit child custody shortly thereafter. Say, for example, that a parent is awarded primary custody due to their counterpart not having adequate living arrangements. If that parent is in the process of seeking new housing, and obtains it shortly thereafter, then the Court may very well revisit the issue and modify custody so that the parents share the child equally. There are a variety of circumstances which can impact how the Court will rule and it is important to understand that any outcome will depend on the specific facts of the matter.
Other child custody orders are likely to be more permanent in nature. Say a parent is found to provide a better overall environment for a child’s academic progress. Given the critical importance of a child’s schooling, a Judge is unlikely to modify or roll back such an order unless new circumstances require a change. To understand whether you have a legitimate chance of gaining a modification, it is best to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
If you wish to modify your child custody order then contact my office today to speak with a Las Vegas fathers’ rights lawyer. My practice is devoted to the handling of family law matters and I strive to provide the highest levels of service. Call today to schedule an initial consultation.