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When it is necessary to ask for a custody modification

For many Nevada parents, the transition into a co-parenting role in the months following a divorce can be difficult. When a family has been functioning in a certain manner for a period of time, any form of change can be a challenge. When parents begin living in different households and divide parenting time, there are bound to be a few bumps in the road. However, there are some circumstances in which the new arrangement is simply not workable, and when a child custody modification is the best solution.

One obvious example lies in cases in which the children’s safety is at risk. Some custody arrangements are created between parents, outside of the overview of a court. However, it can become apparent that the agreement is not going to serve the best interests of the child or children at the center of the matter. This can occur when one parent struggles with addiction or other personal problems, or when domestic violence is a concern.

A less clear-cut scenario faces many families, when the existing parenting agreement is not overtly dangerous, but still does not meet the needs of the children. In these cases, documenting one’s argument for a custody change is vital to success if the matter reaches a family court. It will be necessary to prove that the current scenario is not working out, and to argue why one’s proposed changes will better meet the needs of the children.

Asking for a custody modification can be a difficult family law process, and requires comprehensive knowledge of Nevada custody law. While the courts are willing to make adjustments to child custody agreements or orders, it is imperative that all of the pertinent information is provided to the judge in the proper context. Families facing this scenario should be sure to fully understand the legal process involved before moving forward with a request for a custody modification.

Source:, “Successful co-parenting amid strain of divorce,” Tacoma Perry, June 24, 2013

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