This is the next post in my series on the handling of emergency child custody proceedings in Las Vegas, Nevada. My last article discussed what to expect at trial on an emergency request to change custody. It is important that you retain an attorney experienced in handling such matters and who is familiar with the procedures of the Clark County Family Court. In this post I will discuss how parents should conduct themselves after their case has been completed. If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
It is understandable that one side will be upset after a case has been completed. Either a parent will have had their custody share and visitation time reduced or the other will have lost their request to modify custody. This is on top of the stress and tension which will have existed between the parents while they were dealing with litigation. It is important, however, that these differences be put aside and that the parties effectively co-parent once litigation has ended. Effective co-parenting includes openly communicating with one another, sharing information, making sure you abide by the court’s visitation schedule, and not speaking ill of one another in the presence of the child. Obviously these are just a few steps the parents must take to get along.
A parent can find themselves quickly going back to court if they do not try to get along with their counterpart. The Court will modify custody any time there has been a material change since the last custody order. If a parent is, for example, failing to abide by the most recent visitation order then the Court may modify the order in a way which reduces the offending parent’s time with the child. At a minimum the offending parent may find themselves being held in contempt of court. It must be understood that Family Court Judges have little patience for parents who do not follow their orders. You will likely only make your situation worse by failing to follow the Court’s mandates.
It is also not in the best interests of the child to maintain a hostile approach with your ex. It goes without saying that it can be stressful on a child when parents are going through litigation. Once the litigation has ended it is crucial that the child be in a positive and nurturing environment and that they not be subjected to ongoing infighting between their mother and father. By putting your differences behind you, your child will be more likely to become a well adjusted adult.
If you have questions about your situation then contact my office today to speak with a Las Vegas child custody lawyer. I regularly handle disputes between parents and my office is ready to assist you.