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The legislature has just enacted changes to NRS 125.510, a statute which governs modification of child custody orders. The amendments were designed to protect military service persons (both parents and legal guardians) deployed on active duty. Significant additions to the statute pertaining to the modification of child custody orders are clearly intended to ensure that a parent who serves the United States does not have his or her custodial order and/or relationship with a child negatively impacted by such service. These amendments protect our military service members in the following ways:
While there are some other minor changes as a result of the passage of Assembly Bill 313, the foregoing are the most significant modifications of the statute. Probably the most significant change is the specific right of the court to delegate the visitation of a military service person to his or her family members. This has been an issue in Clark County Family Court for years and is a significant deviation from the prior statute. The legislature clearly desires to ensure that the child custody rights of service members are zealously protected.
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