This is the first post in a series of articles which will address the common question of “at what age can Nevada children stop visitation?” I have previously discussed whether children can refuse visitation with a parent in our state. This series will expand upon my prior discussion by looking at situations where children wish to take the extreme step of stopping visitation altogether, as opposed to simply refusing a small number of visits. I feel it is crucial to have this discussion as this is a topic which causes a great deal of confusion amongst parents. My goal is that my coming articles will help people to understand their options and that the information I provide will help with the selection of a family law attorney. If you or a loved one are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a Las Vegas fathers’ rights lawyer.
I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will look at include:
- The age at which Nevada children can stop visitation with a parent
- Dealing with a child who is refusing visitation
- Whether a child ever has the right to refuse to see a parent
- Changing custody due to a mother coaching a child to not see their father
There are multiple reasons why I have chosen to address these topics. First, there is no age in our state at which a child is automatically given the right to simply refuse visitation. Until they are eighteen years old, or otherwise emancipated, children must follow a Court’s custodial order. It must be remembered, however, that the amount of leeway the Court will give a child, in terms of structuring their visitation, will vary. Second, if a child is refusing to see the father then the Court will require the mother to be encouraging of the child in regard to going through with the visits. Third, the Court may give a child discretion to refuse to see a parent at certain times, as long as the child is making reasonable efforts to make up the time at a later date. Finally, if it is shown that a child is refusing to go through with the visitation due to parental coaching by the mother, then the Court may change custody in favor of the father.
An important point that I will be stressing in each of these articles is that you should contact an experienced attorney immediately if you are involved in a child custody dispute. The longer you allow the current situation to go on, then the more likely the Court is to consider your current arrangement as “the status quo.” A Judge would then be less likely to make a change. By taking immediate action, you increase the possibility of a Judge being open to change. I am a Las Vegas family law lawyer who helps fathers with their situation. I understand that this is a serious time in your life and my office will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online or by telephone today.