Couple meet with lawyerThis is the next post in a series of articles focused on establishing paternity for Las Vegas fathers. My previous post reviewed the initial steps fathers should take in order to have their paternity recognized and begin child custody proceedings. As previously discussed, even if one has a relationship with the child’s mother, legally establishing paternity is the only way to protect one’s parental rights. An experienced attorney can assist with this process. In this article, I will discuss the Clark County Family Court’s requirement that parents attend mandatory mediation in connection with child custody disputes. If you need assistance with a paternity or custody matter, contact my office today to speak with a fathers’ rights lawyer.

Whether the issue arises in connection with a divorce, relocation, or paternity matter, Clark County requires that all parents participate in mandatory mediation regarding child custody. The mediation will take place at the Clark County Courthouse. The scope of the mediation is specifically limited to the custody arrangement, meaning that no other topics are open for discussion. This includes child support, property divisions or other divorce related subjects. The parties’ attorneys may attend the mediation. If the process results in an agreement between the parents, the mediator will prepare a custody agreement and offer to present the signed agreement to the judge for approval.

While there are obvious benefits to settling a custody dispute through mediation, one should be aware of the potential implications of the agreement on other elements of one’s case. Signing a custody agreement without considering the implications thoroughly could have unintended consequences. For example, a ruling by the judge related to child support will likely be based, at least in part, on the custody settlement. Decisions in a divorce about property divisions or living arrangements may be impacted as well. A custody agreement signed during the mediation is a legally binding document and there will be limited opportunities to revise the arrangement once executed. If a seemingly favorable agreement is reached in mediation, it is within your legal rights to share the agreement with your attorney prior to finalizing the agreement. An experienced attorney will understand how the agreement may impact other aspects of your case and recommend revisions as necessary.

My office represents Las Vegas fathers in paternity and custody matters. I am dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service to address my clients’ needs. If you need assistance, contact my office today to speak to a fathers’ rights lawyer.