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Can a father have full custody?

If you are a divorcing father in Nevada, one of your main concerns is likely whether or not you will be given the right to full custody of your children. In the past, custody preferences most often went to the mother, but as attitudes have changed, so has the outlook of the entire legal system. Here is what has to say about gaining full custody as a father.

First, it is important to know which type of custody you want: physical, legal or both. If you want your children to live with you and provide their care, you would seek physical custody. Legal custody means you would have control over the major decision in your children’s lives regarding their education, healthcare and religious upbringing. Be prepared to show why you would be the best choice for whichever custody you are seeking and you will also be showing the judge that you are ready for the responsibility.

It is also important to determine if you want joint or sole custody. In order to be solely in charge of your children, you will likely need to show that they would be affected by drugs, neglect or abuse if your spouse had custody. Most parents are awarded joint custody.

Proving the important role fathers play may also be necessary. You may need to cite studies that show the decrease in disruptive behavior, depression, and drug and alcohol use that occur when a father is actively involved in his child’s life. This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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