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Nevada Child Custody Laws

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I found some interesting information the other day regarding Nevada Child Custody Laws and whether or not a step-parent can become the legal adoptive parent of a child. If this topic interests you, take a few minutes to read this. You’ll be glad you did!

Under Nevada Child Custody Laws, a step-parent who is over the age of 18 and is married to the natural or adoptive parent of a child can legally adopt that child. There are basically four circumstances in which this is possible: consent of the other parent, willful failure to support, abandonment, or termination of rights. No matter which category your case fits under, you’ll have to petition the court before you are awarded custody.

Here are some basics regarding child custody. When parents divorce, the divorce decree will state whom the children will live with, as well as the visitation rights of the other parent. In most cases, the parents will work out these arrangements between themselves, sometimes with the assistance of their lawyers or a mediator. However, sometimes the court does have to step in and make decisions, specifically when the parents can’t come to an agreement, or when unmarried parents can’t agree on who will have custody of their child.

In most situations, the parent with whom the child will live most of the time is awarded physical custody. However, the parent who has physical custody of the child often shares legal custody with the non-custodial parent. Parents with legal custody are allowed to make decisions about the child’s education, religion, health care, and other concerns.

Some parents choose joint custody, in which the child or children spend an equal amount of time with both parents. Many parents choose this arrangement because it lessens the feeling of loss a child might have as a result of a divorce. However, parents who go the joint custody route must be willing to cooperate and demonstrate the ability to make joint decisions.

Another less popular option is split custody, in which the children are split between the parents. However, courts generally prefer not to separate siblings.

When the child’s parents are unmarried, custody is usually awarded to the mother unless the father takes action to be awarded custody. It is usually pretty difficult for an unwed father to gain custody of his children unless the mother is unfit.

I hope you’ve learned something about Nevada Child Custody Laws. Thanks for reading.

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