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In limited circumstances, grandparents and non-parents, can seek an Order for
visitation with minor children. NRS 125C.050 governs rights of people other
than parents to seek visitation with children. The situations where a person
other than a parent can seek visitation are very limited. First and foremost,
there must be an existing relationship between the person seeking visitation and
the children, and that relationship is more than just being “the grandparent” of
If a person can establish a “meaningful relationship” with the child(ren), then
following that there is a list of factors that the Court must consider when
determining whether to grant visitation. Those factors are as follows:
(a) The love, affection and other emotional ties existing between the
party seeking visitation and the child.
(b) The capacity and disposition of the party seeking visitation to:
(1) Give the child love, affection and guidance and serve as a
role model to the child;
(2) Cooperate in providing the child with food, clothing and
other material needs during visitation; and
(3) Cooperate in providing the child with health care or
alternative care recognized and permitted under the laws of this
State in lieu of health care.
(c) The prior relationship between the child and the party seeking
visitation, including, without limitation, whether the child resided
with the party seeking visitation and whether the child was included in
holidays and family gatherings with the party seeking visitation.
(d) The moral fitness of the party seeking visitation.
(e) The mental and physical health of the party seeking visitation.
(f) The reasonable preference of the child, if the child has a
preference, and if the child is determined to be of sufficient maturity
to express a preference.
(g) The willingness and ability of the party seeking visitation to
facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between
the child and the parent or parents of the child as well as with other
relatives of the child.
(h) The medical and other needs of the child related to health as
affected by the visitation.
(i) The support provided by the party seeking visitation, including,
without limitation, whether the party has contributed to the financial
support of the child.
(j) Any other factor arising solely from the facts and circumstances of
the particular dispute that specifically pertains to the need for granting
a right to visitation pursuant to subsection 1 or 2 against the wishes of
a parent of the child.
To be clear, NRS 125C.050 is visitation, not custody. Visitation can be limited
or expansive based upon the situation. There is nothing within the statutory
scheme which dictates the amount of visitation that can be provided, the Court
must do an analysis on a case by case basis.