Child custody and visitationThis is the next article in my series on issues which Las Vegas residents should consider prior to filing for divorce. My last article discussed the need to consider the financial implications of divorce. Too often, people end their marriage without fully understanding how their financial well-being will be impacted. Consulting with an attorney, prior to filing, can help you to understand what your monetary rights and obligations will be after your case is concluded. In this article I will discuss another important topic – why parents should attempt to reach a custody agreement prior to ending their marriage. If you need assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

Child custody is often one of the most contentious issues in any divorce case. The inability to reach a custody agreement can force a case to drag on. Unfortunately, many parents push forward out of a belief that they can gain primary custody even though Nevada is a state that presumes that each parent should have equal time with the child. In other words, in any child custody case, the Judge will begin the matter with the assumption that custody can be shared. If you have legitimate reason to seek primary custody that is one thing. If, however, you are fighting to gain custody simply because you want it, then there is a chance that you will be dragging your case out even though you will not gain the outcome you want. It is best to discuss your situation with counsel and determine whether you have a legitimate change at primary custody. If you do not, then it is best to try to work out a custody agreement in advance.

It is also generally in the best interests of one’s child to reach a custody agreement prior to filing for divorce. A contentious custody battle is never good for a child. It can upheave a child’s routine and delay their ability to feel “normal” in what will be their new situation. Divorce is difficult for children and it is generally not advisable to make things more difficult for them.

If you are going through a Las Vegas divorce, and have child custody questions, then contact my office today to speak with a family law attorney. I devote my practice the handling of family issues and my office prides itself on providing a high level of service. We are ready to assist you. Call today to speak with a lawyer.

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