Reno Child Custody Attorney

Family Law Advocates Serving Northern Nevada

In any family law proceeding, litigation over a child is the most emotional, impactful, and potentially contentious. That is why having an experienced attorney—one who focuses on relationships and well-being as well as on results—is vital to your case. Our Reno family law attorneys are prepared to meet this need. At Fahrendorf, Viloria, Oliphant & Oster L.L.P., we fight relentlessly for our clients as they experience one of the toughest experiences of their lives.

We are the top choice for all legal needs in Nevada because we provide:

  • Experience – We have more than a century of collective experience.
  • Relationships – Our goal is taking care of your needs with cost-effective, high-quality representation.
  • Reputation – We are AV® Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for ethics and skill.
  • Accessibility – We are available to our clients at any time, including nights and weekends.

Discuss your case in a consultation—schedule yours by calling (775) 284-8888 or contacting us online.

Custody & Visitation in Nevada

In Nevada, the terms custody and visitation are interchangeable. In order to understand the myriad issues related to child custody or visitation, it is imperative to understand the two different types of child custody, which are legal and physical custody.

What Is Legal Custody?

Legal custody refers to how parents make major decisions related to their child. Legal custody can be awarded jointly or solely to one parent. If the parents have joint legal custody, the parents must decide together on any major issue related to their child (though the parent providing a child's care makes day-to-day decisions). Absent agreement on major issues, parents must return to court for a determination.

Sole legal custody allows one parent to make all decisions related to a child without consultation with the other parent. An attorney must understand the different types of legal custody to fully advise you on your rights to be involved in your child's upbringing.

What Is Physical Custody?

Physical custody is central to any custody dispute and is often the most litigated issue. Physical custody can be either joint or primary. The type of physical custody determines how often a parent sees their child, child support, relocation standard, and modification standards.


During your consultation, you will be provided a detailed account on how the courts determine physical custody and the countless related issues that will affect you and your child for years.


Knowledgeable Legal Advocates

Having a knowledgeable attorney is vital to navigating your case towards a successful outcome. At Fahrendorf, Viloria, Oliphant & Oster L.L.P., our family law team is made of renowned and seasoned attorneys, all of whom have handled child custody disputes in courts throughout Nevada. Their insight has made them an incredible resource for other lawyers and clients alike.

In 2009, the Nevada Supreme Court issued the landmark case of Rivero v. Rivero, 125 Nev 410, 216 P.3d 213 (2009), which defined the types of physical and legal custody. As our firm represented the State of Nevada Family Law Section at the Nevada Supreme Court, you can meet with an attorney that has lectured on Rivero to other attorneys and the judiciary.

If you are involved in a child custody dispute, our attorneys will help you reach a resolution that supports your child's best interests. To schedule a consultation with a Reno family law attorney, contact us online or call (775) 284-8888.