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Legal Statutes: Nevada

UPDATED March 18, 2016

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Article 2. Jurisdiction

back to top125A.375. Jurisdiction declined by reason of conduct

1. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 125A.335 or by other state law, if a court of this state has jurisdiction pursuant to the provisions of this chapter because a person seeking to invoke its jurisdiction has engaged in unjustifiable conduct, the court shall decline to exercise its jurisdiction unless:

(a) The parents and all persons acting as parents have acquiesced in the exercise of jurisdiction;

(b) A court of the state otherwise having jurisdiction pursuant to NRS 125A.305, 125A.315 and 125A.325 determines that this state is a more appropriate forum pursuant to NRS 125A.365; or

(c) No court of any other state would have jurisdiction pursuant to the criteria specified in NRS 125A.305, 125A.315 and 125A.325.

2. If a court of this state declines to exercise its jurisdiction pursuant to subsection 1, it may fashion an appropriate remedy to ensure the safety of the child and prevent a repetition of the unjustifiable conduct, including staying the proceeding until a child custody proceeding is commenced in a court having jurisdiction pursuant to NRS 125A.305, 125A.315 and 125A.325.

3. If a court dismisses a petition or stays a proceeding because it declines to exercise its jurisdiction pursuant to subsection 1, it shall assess against the party seeking to invoke its jurisdiction necessary and reasonable expenses including costs, communication expenses, attorney's fees, investigative fees, expenses for witnesses, travel expenses and child care during the course of the proceedings, unless the party from whom fees are sought establishes that the assessment would be clearly inappropriate. The court may not assess fees, costs or expenses against this state unless authorized by law other than the provisions of this chapter.
Added by Laws 2003, c. 199, § 37, eff. Oct. 1, 2003.