This is the last post in a series of articles discussing Nevada law regarding the rights of grandparents and certain other individuals to seek visitation of a minor child. The goal of this series has been to provide information about Nevada Revised Statute 125c.050, which may allow a non-parent to seek visitation when they have been denied access to a child. The law only applies in limited circumstances and overcoming the presumption in favor of parental decision-making can be difficult. If you feel that your access to a beloved child has been unreasonably restricted, it is essential to engage an experienced family law attorney to evaluate your position and represent your interests. If you need assistance, contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
This series has focused on several key topics, including:
- When NRS 125c.050 applies and the presumption in favor of the custodial parent
- What constitutes an unreasonable restriction against access to a child
- The process to initiate a petition for visitation under NRS 125c.050
- The importance of discovery in a request for visitation
- What to expect if the petition for visitation proceeds to trial
These subjects are important for the following reasons. First, NRS 125c.050 sets forth limited scenarios in which grandparents and certain other interested individuals may seek visitation rights. Parties considering legal action should be aware when the statute applies and the strong presumption in favor of the parent’s decision to deny them access. Second, understanding what constitutes an unreasonable restriction is an important threshold issue when considering your rights. If the situation is not considered an unreasonable restriction, one may not be eligible to petition the court. Third, parties should have a basic understanding of the legal process involved to assert and litigate a visitation request. Fourth, as in all cases, the parties are required to support their positions with objective evidence. Discovery, the legal process to gather evidence from other parties, will play an important role in building a party’s case. Last, knowledge about what to expect in the trial process may help you understand your legal options.
If you are a grandparent, a great-grandparent, sibling or friend of a Nevada dad who has been prevented from seeing his minor child, it is important to engage an attorney to discuss your legal options. My firm is dedicated to diligently representing clients in family law matters. Contact my office today to speak with a Las Vegas father’s rights lawyer.