Child Custody and Visitation

In the state of Nevada, in determining custody of a minor child, the sole consideration of the court is the best interest of the child. If it appears to the court that joint custody would be in the best interest of the child, the court may grant custody to both parties. Preference is not given to either parent for the sole reason that the parent is the mother or the father of the child. In determining the best interest of the child the court considers the following factors:

NRS 125.480(4)
In determining the best interest of the child, the court shall consider and set forth its specific findings concerning, among other things:
(a) The wishes of the child if the child is of sufficient age and capacity to form an intelligent preference as to his or her custody.
(b) Any nomination by a parent or a guardian for the child.
(c) Which parent is more likely to allow the child to have frequent associations and a continuing relationship with the noncustodial parent.
(d) The level of conflict between the parents.
(e) The ability of the parents to cooperate to meet the needs of the child.
(f) The mental and physical health of the parents.
(g) The physical, developmental and emotional needs of the child.
(h) The nature of the relationship of the child with each parent.
(i) The ability of the child to maintain a relationship with any sibling.
(j) Any history of parental abuse or neglect of the child or a sibling of the child.
(k) Whether either parent or any other person seeking custody has engaged in an act of domestic violence against the child, a parent of the child or any other person residing with the child.
(l) Whether either parent or any other person seeking custody has committed any act of abduction against the child or any other child.

This is usually the most sensitive area of family law. Sarah Hardy-Cooper’s personal and professional beliefs are right in line with the court. Her first and foremost responsibility to her clients is to find a solution that is in the best interest of their children. Her integrity and ethics will guide decisions to reduce the emotional impact the divorce has on the children involved. Once you have retained Sarah as your attorney you can rest assure that your case is in competent and professional hands. She will do everything in her power to provide the most positive and productive outcome for your family.