This is the next post in my series on steps which a Las Vegas father should take immediately after losing their job. My last article discussed the fact that one may file for a spousal support modification if they were laid off or fired. If you do not file to modify your alimony then you may face a contempt of court hearing if you fall behind on your payments. The penalties for contempt can include jail time and having to pay your ex’s attorney’s fees. In this article I will discuss another important topic – filing to modify your child visitation schedule due to your employment situation. If you need assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
The time in which a dad is available to spend time with his child may change after the loss of a job. Say, for example, a father worked nights (which is common in Las Vegas) and typically spends time with his child during the day with overnights during the week. It goes without saying that one who has been laid off will likely need the daytime/weekday hours to seek new employment. This can result in a situation where that person’s previous visitation schedule is no longer feasible and they may, instead, require weekend visitation. Also, when a father finds a new job it is important that their visitation schedule accurately reflect the new situation which he is beginning. Not having a visitation order which accurately reflects one’s needs can lead to problems.
It is important to understand that a parent is typically only required to follow the current visitation order. This means that, for example, a mother would not be required to oblige a father who has court ordered visitation during the week but now requires times on the weekend. By not having an order which reflects your current needs you run the risk of not having the mandated right to have visitation with your child. If your situation changes then it is important that you act quickly to ensure that your rights are protected.
If you have lost your job and need assistance then contact my office to speak with a Las Vegas fathers’ rights attorney. I am experienced in handling such matters and my office is ready to assist you.