Nevada law allows grandparents, great grandparents and even people with whom the child once resided to file for visitation if the parents deny them the right to see the child. For the court to enforce these rights for grandparents and great-grandparents, the parents must be divorced or separated, or one of the parents must be deceased or have lost all parental rights to the child. The person with whom the child once lived may file for visitation as soon as the child moves out of the home.
The person applying for visitation must prove to the court that it is in the best interest of the child. The court will consider many factors in making this decision, including the preference of the child and any previous relationship that the person had with the child. The person must also demonstrate that he or she will encourage a positive relationship with the child's parents and other relatives.
The court also considers financial information in its determination. This includes any financial support that the person provided for the child over time and what the person can do for the child in the future. The court wants to ensure that, while visiting the person, the child has proper clothing, food, other material needs and health care or state-permitted alternative care.
Any time a change occurs with child custody, the court may change previously granted visitation rights. An attorney could help the party apply for visitation or work to maintain visitation after any changes occur by helping the party gather the necessary information that the court requires. This information is not a substitute for the services of a legal professional, as every case is unique.
Source: Nevada State Legislative, "NRS 125C.050 Petition for right of visitation for certain relatives and other persons.", October 31, 2014