This is the first post in a series which will discuss the rights of Las Vegas, Nevada dads who have never been married to the child’s mother. I previously wrote, as a general matter, how an unmarried father can protect his rights. In this series I will be expanding on that discussion in several ways. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information which may help to clear up misconceptions about the law. It is also my goal to provide information which will help people to fully understand their situation and to make an informed decision when they are selecting an attorney. If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with a child custody lawyer.
I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:
- How Nevada views the rights of an unmarried father
- The need for a dad to establish custody as soon as possible
- How discovery can be used to build a case for custody
- Conducting one’s self after the Court has issued an order
There are several reasons why I am choosing to write on these topics. First, Nevada is like many other states in that it views the rights of a mother and a father as being “equal.” This means that the Clark County Family Court will presume that custody should be shared unless it is shown that such an arrangement would not be in the best interests of the child. Second, it is vital that dads immediately obtain a custody order, even if they are on good terms with their ex, as they will have no recognized rights without one. Third, when arguing that one should maintain joint custody, or that they should have primary care of the child, it is important to have evidence supporting such a position. Discovery is the process by which such evidence is obtained. Finally, if one does not conduct themselves properly after an order has been issued then they run the risk of having their custodial rights and visitation reduced.
One point I cannot stress enough is that one should contact an attorney to assist them with their situation. A case must be properly presented to the Court and, if the Judge does not hear all of the facts, then a decision may be made that is against the best interests of one’s son or daughter. As a Las Vegas fathers’ rights lawyer I regularly handle child custody cases. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation.