Child custody orders in Nevada and around the country are issued based on what family law judges believe to be in the best interests of the children involved, and their terms may be modified by the courts when children have been placed in potentially dangerous environments. Schools will generally notify the authorities and begin the process when children seem scared to go home, and police reports of drug use or domestic violence in the custodial parent's residence could also lead to custody arrangements being scrutinized.
While some child custody arrangements are modified after evidence of imminent danger has been uncovered by police officers or social workers, many others are revised because the situations of the parents involved are either changing or have changed. Noncustodial parents may seek redress in the courts when custodial parents are moving to distant locations, and judges could be sympathetic to these arguments if the proposed move would make regular visitation difficult and sincere efforts have been made to resolve the matter through negotiation.
Child custody orders may also be modified when custodial parents act unreasonably and make regular visitation impossible. Judges in these situations may suspect lingering animosity between the parents involved, and they base their decisions on the reasons given by the custodial parent for not abiding by the agreed-upon parenting plan and how flexible they have been in trying to resolve the issue.
Family law attorneys with experience in this area may remind parents of the importance of prioritizing the needs of children in custody negotiations. Establishing common ground and common goals can make disputes less likely, and settling disagreements in private allows parents to avoid the costs and uncertainties of prolonged court proceedings. When efforts to reach an agreement at the negotiating table fail, attorneys may suggest a less stressful environment such as mediation.