This is the next post in my series on the rights of unmarried Las Vegas fathers. My last post focused on how fathers can use discovery to build a child custody case. It is important to understand that trials are not won with “surprise” evidence which is uncovered at the last minute. Instead, information must be meticulously gathered and then presented to the Court. The discovery process is what provides the tools to gather such evidence. In this article I will discuss an important issue – how dads should conduct themselves after their case has concluded. Failing to properly conduct one’s self can result in the parties quickly going back to Court. If you have questions or need assistance then please contact my office to speak with a lawyer.
The Clark County Family Court will issue a child custody order after a trial has been concluded or a settlement has been reached. This order will spell out the requirements for custody, visitation, child support, and any other obligations of the parents. If a father fails to follow these mandates then he will face various consequences. First, failing to pay support or regularly failing to return the child on time can result in a dad being held in Contempt of Court. This can result in jail time, fines, and being required to pay the other parent’s legal fees. Also, depending on the nature and frequency of the violations, a mother may have grounds to request a custody modification (meaning a reduction in the father’s visitation and time with the child). How the Court will handle any particular case will depend on the facts of the situation.
A father can protect his rights by staying in strict compliance with the Court’s orders. This means always returning the child on time and making all Court ordered payments. Also, it is crucial to share information with the mother and to avoid confrontations. While it is understandable that someone may have animosity towards their ex, it is important to be the “bigger” person and to not escalate any conflicts. If disagreements are rising to level of concern, then it is best to discuss your situation with an attorney instead of arguing with your ex. Also, it is vital that you refrain from discussing the litigation with your child. In no way should the children ever be subjected to the litigation or be put “between” the two parents.
If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with a Las Vegas fathers’ rights lawyer. I devote my practice to the handling of domestic relations issues and I have extensive experience in child custody cases. My office prides itself on providing a high level of service and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today.