Child custody issues can arise in many ways. During divorce, parents must decide what type of custodial arrangement makes sense for their child now that the parents will no longer reside together. Similarly, with unmarried parents who separate, they must establish a parenting plan that both parents can rely upon as co-parents. There are two types of custody in Nevada; 1) physical custody is where the child resides and 2) legal custody is which parent has the legal authority to make decisions on behalf of the child, particularly medical and educational decisions. In Nevada, typically most parents are awarded joint legal custody of their child. There is also a preference that parents share joint physical custody of their child, however, one parent could be awarded primary physical custody of the child after the court carefully considers the best interests of a child.