gavel and judgeThis is the first post in a series of articles which will discuss how Nevada law applies to Las Vegas fathers when there is no custody order in place. I consider it important to write on this topic as it is common for dads to be unsure of what rights they do, and do not, have. Acting upon incorrect legal assumptions, and engaging in conflict with the mother, can hurt one’s case at future proceedings. I am, therefore, writing this series with the goal of providing information which will help people to better understand their situation. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of an attorney. If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:

  • The need to establish paternity in such matters
  • How Nevada law applies when there is no custody order
  • The need to establish an order, even if one is on good terms with their ex
  • Moving out of state when no order is in place
  • The process of obtaining a custody order

I have chosen to address these topics for multiple reasons. First, until paternity has been established a dad will have no legal or custodial rights in regard to their child. This is why the first step in virtually any situation will be to establish paternity. Second, Nevada is a state which presumes that parents should enjoy joint custody of their children. This means that, when no custody order is in place, custody is presumed to be equally shared. This can lead to extreme difficulties when disagreements arise. This leads to the third point that, even if one is getting along with their ex-partner, it is important to have an agreement in place for when a disagreement does occur. Fourth, recent changes to Nevada law reduce the protections a father may have when the mother attempts to move out of state when no order is in place. Finally, understanding the process of obtaining an order is important to managing one’s expectations.

A key point I will be stressing in each of these articles is that it is important to retain an attorney as soon as possible if you or a loved one are in need of legal assistance. Family Court Judges will expect dads to deal with any legal disputes through the appropriate legal processes. Failing to follow these processes can result in the Court ruling against the dad in future proceedings. As a Las Vegas fathers’ rights lawyer, I am experienced in the handling of such matters. Contact my office online or by telephone for assistance with a child custody case. We look forward to speaking with you.