Child Custody in Clark County
Going through a divorce or relationship breakdown is never easy, more so if children are involved. Deciding on a child custody agreement can be a real challenge if you and your ex partner are not on speaking terms. It is important to remember that you want to do what is best for your child / children. Where possible children should have a healthy relationship with both their parents to keep their lives as normal as possible.
Deciding on which child custody agreement to set in motion is dependent on the individual situation. If you are on speaking terms with your ex partner and live a reasonable distance apart then Joint Custody is a good option to choose. This means both parents have equal split time with their child / children and are both responsible to all decisions including school, health, holidays, etc.
If you are not on good terms with your ex partner then Sole custody may be the only option. This arrangement is given to one of the parents only if it is in the benefit of the child / children. In most cases the non-custodial parent will be given visitation rights. A common example is that the custodial parent is staying in the family home and rather than up route and disrupt the child / children it would be better for them to stay in this home. These visitation rights may be supervised if more serious factors are involved such as domestic violence, or drug issues.
The main purpose of deciding on a child custody arrangement is to ensure that the child’s / children’s best interests are the main focus. Every custody arrangement is different and it is important to remember that while one may work for your friend and their family it may not be the best choose for you and yours.
Communication is a key factor in making this important decision. It is best to be open and honest about the situation and never make false accusations as this could affect the courts decision. It is also good to be flexible about the situation. Remember life can change very quickly so it is best to be flexible with your ex partner as there may be times in the future that the arrangements need to be adjusted.