Child Custody Battles in Nevada: Outcome favors the Prepared

Rena McDonald

Unfortunately, child custody battles are often part of divorce. If you and your spouse can't reach an agreement about custody, being prepared is a necessity if you want to succeed. 

It can no longer be assumed that the mother will get custody of the children. The preference in the state of Nevada is Joint Custody for both Physical and legal custody. The judge considers the "best interests of the child" based on evidence provided. 


To succeed in your claim for primary custody, you will need to prove to the judge that it is in the best interest of the children to be with you. In preparing for a custody case, be aware that your parenting skills and daily interactions with your children will be thoroughly considered by a judge. You need provide documentation and testimony from witnesses to your parental capabilities support the outcome of you winning custody.

Keeping detailed, consistent records is extremely important in child custody battles. Be prepared to show the judge that you nurture and care for your children.

There are a number of ways that you can prove that you are a better parent that the Court will consider as evidence. Below are some ideas: 

• Keep a record of your regular activities and time spent with your children on a daily basis. This includes all school activities, extracurricular activities such as sports, music recitals and other special activities your child participates in. Take pictures, when appropriate, for additional documentation. 

• Make sure you are allowing frequent contact with the other parent. The Court will consider your willingness to make foster those relationships.

• Organize potential witnesses who have observed you interact with your child over a long period of time to support that you are a good parent. This could be relatives, teachers, doctors, clergy, child-care workers, neighbors, and friends.

• Be conscious activities you share on social media. Social media presence can either support or detract from your assertion that you are the more appropriate parent for custody. 

You will need to emphasize that you are a good parent and may want to include evidence regarding the other parent’s performance. Documentation might include: 

• Evidence of an overwhelming work schedule that restricts interaction with the children. Also significant time with babysitters or other family members may be a factor. 

• Any interference with temporary custody or visitation times.

• Incidences of domestic violence, such as police records, photos of bruises, etc.

• DUI convictions, jail time, or proof of drug use.

• Evidence of mental illness.

• Activities that might endanger or could be detrimental to the child. Again, social media works both ways. 

Keeping detailed, consistent records is critically important in child custody battles. It allows you to pinpoint patterns of interactions or problems that would be important to the judge. Consulting with your attorney along the process is crucial to increasing the potential of a successful outcome. 

If you have questions about your custody case, please call McDonald Law Group for a consultation. This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice or constitute an attorney-client relationship. 


Small Businesses Pay More to Stay Compliant 

Rena McDonald

Government regulations and red tape can be a tremendous challenge to small business growth and success. Small businesses' regulatory compliance costs are 36 percent higher than large businesses, according to an SBA study. It is no surprise that regulations consistently rate as a top concern for small business owners. This year alone there are an estimated 3,300 new regulations being considered and many of them will affect small businesses.

All businesses, regardless of what business you’re in, must comply with statutes (laws passed by legislative bodies) and regulations (rules enacted by regulatory agencies to carry out the purposes of statutes). These statutes and regulations can come from all levels of government; federal, state, and local. The enforcement agency has no obligation to notify the business that it must comply with the law. It is the business’s obligation to inquire and comply. The right attorney can help you with the daunting task of staying compliant.

McDonald Law Group continues its commitment to support the success of small business. We can help you know what regulations and statutes your business needs to comply with and keep premium, top-rate legal services accessible and affordable with our Business Success Plan. Services commonly needed in the area of Regulatory Compliance and are covered under the Business Success Plan include:

  • Entity Formation and compliance
  • Licensing and registration of business name
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Withholding of employees’ wage
  • OSHA and ADA compliance
  • Product and Service compliance for specific industries
  • Land Use
  • Fire and Building Codes
  • Taxation

Contact us today for more information and details on how you can protect your business in an affordable and efficient way with the Business Success Plan.  



Family Law

Rena McDonald

Family law (also called matrimonial law) is an area of the law that deals with family matters and domestic relations, including: marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships; adoption and surrogacy, child abuse and child abduction.


We are often asked what are the key aspects of what we do and how that can help people through a challenging time. With our knowledge & experience, we assist you to achieve: 

🔹an understanding of your rights & obligations during separation 
🔹the property settlement you are entitled to 
🔹proper levels of financial support for you & your children 
🔹divorce & understanding the consequences of time limits
🔹protection of your assets upon entering a new relationship
🔹arrangements that put the best interests of your children first & allow you to maintain a positive relationship with them 


Family law matters can be stressful and expensive. Choosing the right attorney with experience, compassion and empathy can greatly improve the process and your result.

To find out more contact McDonald Law Group for a consultation.



McDonald Law Group Receives 2016 Best of Henderson Award

Rena McDonald

Henderson Award Program Honors the Achievement

HENDERSON May 18, 2016 -- McDonald Law Group has been selected for the 2016 Best of Henderson Award in the Legal Business Services category by the Henderson Award Program.

Each year, the Henderson Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Henderson area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Henderson Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Henderson Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Henderson Award Program

The Henderson Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Henderson area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Henderson Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.


SOURCE: Henderson Award Program

Henderson Award Program