This is the final post in a series of articles addressing specific circumstances in which a parent may seek an emergency change in a child custody order in Las Vegas, Nevada. My previous post discussed when child neglect may be considered an emergency for purposes of changing custody. The goal of this series has been to educate readers about different situations that the Clark County Family Court may consider urgent enough to justify a revision to a previous custody order. As always, if you believe your child may be in imminent danger, contact the police immediately. If you need assistance seeking an emergency modification to a custody order, contact my office as soon as possible to speak to a family law attorney.
This series focused on the following topics:
- Parental drug use & child custody
- Alcoholism and child custody
- Custody cases involving criminal activity by a parent
- Custody cases involving child neglect
I felt it was important to discuss these subjects for a variety of reasons. First, drug use in the presence of a child can place the child in grave danger. Depending on the circumstances, a judge may view the use of “hard” drugs, such as heroin or methamphetamines around a child differently than validly used prescription drugs or marijuana. Second, the court may grant an emergency change in custody when a parent alcohol abuse endangers a child. Third, a judge will also often consider a parent’s criminal activity in the child’s vicinity to be an emergency. Last, if there is reason to believe that a child is in imminent danger as a result of neglect by a parent, a judge may order an emergency modification.
Custody issues, especially when a child is potentially in danger, are often emotionally charged and contentious. I cannot overemphasize the importance of retaining an experienced Las Vegas family lawyer to review your case and represent you during the process. Contact my office today to speak with an attorney.