It allows the child to maintain close contact with both parents. A court will usually prefer a joint custody arrangement, as it serves the best interests of the child. Child custody law: final hearing process; An application seeking child custody orders, or seeking orders about parenting arrangements, can generally be concluded in one of two ways: If both parents can come to a mutual agreement regarding ongoing arrangements for the children, the agreement can be finalised by the court in a Consent Order. The prospect of appearing in child custody court can be particularly unnerving. Back to top . Worse, you might have very little idea of what to expect when you get there. This website was designed and is maintained by Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Inc., a private, nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization that operates the Family Law Self-Help Center through a contract with Clark County, Nevada. Child custody hearings are about deciding who can best care for the children and honesty is probably the starting point for any successful child custody hearing. In Pace v. Pace, after a temporary hearing at which both parties testified, the husband was awarded physical custody of the children and the parties were awarded legal custody. This is how your lawyer will approach the problem—with the belief that you’re the best person to take care of your child and will support your decision to pursue custody. 'Little Fires Everywhere' wrapped its eight-episode run on Hulu on Wednesday — read our recap of the finale, then grade it in our poll. While some child custody cases are resolved quickly, it is common for contested cases to last a year or longer. In Georgia, there is a difference between the evidence that can be presented in a temporary hearing versus a final hearing in a divorce case. During a child custody hearing, a judge will ask about the type of custody the parent is seeking. After all, you’re usually there so a judge can make decisions regarding the most precious thing in your life – your kids. Extensions. In certain circumstances the court may grant a one-time extension of the one year deadline for no more than 180 days. A judge can order a temporary custody arrangement following a custody hearing if there are other issues in the case (such as a divorce). At the final hearing or trial a judge or jury will decide whether or not the child should be returned to a parent, or whether a parent’s rights should be restricted or terminated. There are several different types of custody arrangements including sole or joint custody. Family Courts and Services Center 601 N. Pecos Las Vegas, NV 89155. As a part of the final resolution of the larger issue, the judge will issue the final, permanent, custody arrangement.