When making determinations about custody and visitation, the courts will always do their best to make decisions based primarily on what is in the best interests of the children at the center of these cases. That being said, determining what may be best for a child when it comes to the child custody can be a far more complicated process.
Factors That Can Impact Visitation Determinations
Although it’s ideal for parents to work out visitation agreements on their own, this is clearly not always possible, and the courts will step in to rule on visitation and custody when necessary. The courts will review dozens of factors to determine custody. Review “Best Interest Factors” to get a glimpse at the different factors the court will look at in determining anything other than joint custody. Some of the factors include;
- Which parent is more likely to co-parent
- Physical and emotional needs of the child
- Any issues of domestic violence
- Ability to maintain relationships with siblings
- The love and emotional ties between the child and the individual seeking visitation
- The ability of the individual seeking visitation to care for the child on an emotional and physical level
- The “moral fitness” and mental/physical health of the individual seeking visitation
- The child’s preferences (as long as the child is sufficiently mature to express his preferences)
- The degree to which the party seeking visitation has supported the child (including financially).
It’s important to point out that non-custodial parents (i.e., parents who have not been awarded primary custody) are not the only ones who can seek visitation of children. Grandparents or other relatives may also be able to petition the courts to obtain visitation rights to children.
In some cases, supervised visitation may be ordered to allow a parent to spend time with a child while ensuring that a child’s welfare is fully protected. This usually occurs when a parent may have a history of:
- Drug and/or alcohol addiction
- Domestic violence
- Other types of abusive behavior against other family members.
A court appointed official will typically oversee supervised visitation when it has been ordered by the courts. Although such visitation arrangements are usually intended to be temporary, they can be extended for as long as the court deems necessary.
Contact the Las Vegas and Henderson Child Custody Attorneys at Right Lawyers
Are you planning on seeking visitation of a child? Or do you need help challenging someone else’s visitation petition? If so, you can trust the experienced Las Vegas and Henderson visitation lawyers at the Right Lawyers to assert your interests and help you obtain the best possible outcome to your visitation case.
Let’s discuss your visitation during an initial consultation. To set up a meeting with our trusted Las Vegas and Henderson visitation lawyers, call (702) 914-0400 or email us using the contact form.