Family Law

Family Law

At vegas west attorneys, we recognize that it is often very difficult and stressful life events that cause an individual to have to hire an attorney. vegas west attorneys is a full-service family law firm, meaning we are experienced in all facets of family law. Amongst the family law issues vegas west attorneys may assist you with include:

Adoptions

Child Custody

Child Support

Divorce

Domestic Violence

Guardianships

Hague Convention

Marital Settlement Agreements

Paternity

Prenuptial Agreements

Postnuptial Agreements

Name Changes

Relocation/Moves

Second Opinions

Termination of Parent Rights

We provide competent and compassionate legal assistance. Our clients know that client service is our highest priority and that they will be kept informed of their case every step of the way.

Unlike some bigger firms, we treat every client as if they are our only client We provide affordable legal services and one-on-one attention to your legal issue. Not the type of firm to delegate all client communication to a legal assistant or paralegal after you pay us your retainer, you will never struggle to schedule a meeting or phone call with your attorney. Every one of our cases is as important to us as it is to the client.

Hiring an attorney from vegas west attorneys will ensure that you will obtain experienced and attentive service. As soon as you secure vegas west attorneys as your legal representation, you will be kept in constant contact, giving you the peace of mind that you are being well taken care of.

ADOPTION

While adoptions are events that are cause for celebration, getting that final order signed can be drawn-out and tedious, especially if a potential adoptive parent is not a blood relative of the child or if more than one individual or couple wants to adopt the same child.

vegas west attorneys can help you through the adoption process, from determining whether you will need to terminate parental rights, to preparing and filing your adoption documents, to helping you navigate a home study, to getting your adoption finalized.

If you are in the process of adopting a child, or even just considering adoption and would like to know how to start the process, vegas west attorneys can provide competent legal representation to assist you and your growing family.

CHILD CUSTODY

Ask any type of lawyer what they believe to be the most difficult type of case, and most likely they will tell you it is child custody. At vegas west attorneys, not only do we have extensive experience in child custody matters, we also have our finger on the pulse of new appellate decisions and changes to Nevada custody law.

Our clients are involved in every decision made during their cases because we recognize the importance of your children’s well-being and happiness. We also provide our clients with candid, straightforward advice on their case.

We are not afraid to take a case to trial, but we are also not afraid to negotiate. We are not “bulldog” attorneys. While many attorneys pride themselves on being highly aggressive, often that style of legal representation simply leads to wasted time, hurt feelings, and higher fees. Instead, we treat our cases more like a chess game, carefully weighing every option so we can advise you on the best options for your – and your children’s – unique situation.

We understand the legal nuances of custody cases, from your rights under legal custody to all different types of physical custody and visitation. We can also recognize if your case will require expert testimony, a parenting coordinator, or a child custody evaluation.

If your case does go in front of a Judge for an evidentiary hearing, we will keep you informed every step of the way and make sure you are well-prepared to testify in court. We have experience working with both traditional and nontraditional families, as well as cases involving more complicated issues like mental illness, addiction, and domestic violence.

The attorneys at vegas west attorneys recognize that your child is the most important thing in your life and will treat your case with the care and attention it needs.

CHILD SUPPORT

Child support matters can be frustrating due to potentially dealing with both the family court and the district attorney’s office. The attorneys at vegas west attorneys are always in the loop of the latest child support decisions from Nevada’s appellate courts, as well as changes to the child support statutes.

Child support is a somewhat unique area of law and is treated differently than other types of cases involving money. The attorneys at vegas west attorneys can assist you with all facets of child support cases, including establishing a child support order if you have never had one, modifying child support payments, and obtaining awards of child support arrears if a parent has stopped paying support. We also have experience negotiating child support matters and dealing with the District Attorney’s office, both on the side of the parent paying support and on the side of the parent receiving it.

If you have a child support issue, securing an attorney from vegas west attorneys can help you protect your rights when it comes to child support.

DIVORCE

At vegas west attorneys, we recognize that a divorce is one of the most stressful, painful, and uncertain periods of a person’s life. Many attorneys will simply take a divorce case and run with it, keeping you out of the loop and presenting you with unpleasant surprises along the way. At vegas west attorneys, we strongly believe in informing clients of what they can expect from the beginning and presenting all possible options and legal opinions before we expect our clients to make any important decision.

We also believe in the importance of honest legal representation. It may be a stereotype that lawyers tell their clients what they want to hear. We are not that type of law firm. While being told what you want to hear may be more comfortable, we recognize that clients need to be told not only of the strong points of their case, but the weak ones as well.

We do not treat your case like a boxing match, but more like a chess game. While we are not afraid to take a case to trial if we believe it is your best outcome, we are also not afraid to negotiate, and will advise you whether it is better for you to have a Judge decide or to settle. These decisions and advice are based upon your best interests, not the amount of fees we expect to receive.

You may have heard the term “complex divorce.” The truth is, every divorce case is unique and complex. When others use the term “complex divorce,” they are typically referring to a case involving a more substantial amount of money or a community business. At vegas west attorneys, however, your case is just as important as any other case, no matter the size of your community estate.

Divorces, no matter the circumstances, are emotional, and that is why you need a competent attorney on your side. A good divorce attorney will plan an effective strategy rather than acting on emotion and impulse. At vegas west attorneys, we know that it is our job to be strategic, even if you are emotionally unable to be.

This approach is why we have successfully litigated divorce cases involving a variety of different factual and legal circumstances, including:

  • The division of community property

  • The confirmation of separate property

  • The valuation and division of a community business

  • Domestic violence issues

  • Child custody and visitation

  • Child support

  • Alimony and temporary spousal support

  • Preliminary and post-trial reimbursement of attorney’s fees

  • The exclusive possession of a marital residence pending divorce proceedings

  • Injunctions to prevent the selling or gifting of property during divorce proceedings

  • Effective and enforceable division of pensions and other retirement benefits

If you are going through a divorce, you want to make sure you have the best possible legal representation, so you can focus your attention on getting through it and moving forward with your life. vegas west attorneys can provide you with competent representation and we will not take any step in your case before we consult with and notify you.

Divorce is stressful, but an attorney with vegas west attorneys can make it less so by providing you with valuable peace of mind that your case is a priority and will be handled with your best interests in mind.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Whether you are going through a divorce, embroiled in a child custody matter, or both, all family law cases are stressful, and this stress is magnified when there are domestic violence issues.

The attorneys at vegas west attorneys know that your safety and the safety of your children are of utmost important. We can assist you in obtaining a temporary protective order against domestic violence, getting an abusive spouse out of the home during divorce proceedings, securing needed financial assistance during a case, and protecting your children from an abusive parent.

When your priority is survival, you want to be confident your attorney can handle your legal matter, so you can focus on your well-being and the well-being of your children. At vegas west attorneys, we make client service our highest priority. You will always be kept informed of your case and receive competent legal advice to allow you to make decisions that are best for you and your family.

GUARDIANSHIP

Individuals often consider guardianship when all other options have been exhausted. Perhaps an elderly family member is no longer able to take care of him or herself, or a child’s parents are unfit to care for that child. Regardless of the situation, guardianship clients often come to us frustrated and overwhelmed.

This frustration can be exacerbated by the fact that most guardianships require a large amount of paperwork to be filed. There are also specific requirements and due dates that must be followed.

There are also different types of guardianship, as one can petition to be appointed the guardian of a person, a person’s estate, or both. If you have petitioned for guardianship or are considering a guardianship over either an adult or a child, the experienced and dedicated attorneys at vegas west attorneys can streamline the process for you and make sure your guardianship case is handled efficiently and correctly, saving you time and money.

MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS

A marital settlement agreement is an agreement between two divorcing spouses that outlines the terms of the divorce, including property division, child custody, child support, debt division, and alimony.

A marital settlement agreement can be entered into any time prior to a final judgment in a divorce case. The benefit of one of these agreements is that it can cause your case to end more quickly. Further, if you and your spouse agree on certain things but not on others, you can enter into a partial marital settlement agreement, which will narrow the issues you will need to argue at trial, saving you time and money.

Care needs to be taken, however, in drafting these agreements. A party who is not represented by an attorney or who is represented by an inexperienced attorney are at risk of being taken advantage of by opposing counsel, who can include terms in a marital settlement agreement that can prove disastrous for one spouse.

If you need a marital settlement agreement, the attorneys at vegas west attorneys can prepare an agreement that protects your rights and interests and can ensure you know exactly what you are agreeing to before anything is finalized.

PATERNITY

In Nevada, both parents start out with equal rights to their children; however, fathers may have to establish paternity of a child first. A paternity action can be brought any time between the child’s birth and three years after the child reaches the age of majority.

There are several ways paternity can be established. A man is presumed to be the natural father of a child if:

He is married to the child’s mother when the child is born or within 285 days of the termination of the marriage;

He and the child’s mother cohabitated for 6 months before the period of conception and continued to cohabit through the period of conception;

He and the child’s mother, before the child was born, attempted to get married but the marriage was invalid for some reason; or

He receives the child into his home and openly holds out the child as his child.

In addition to these presumptions, a father may also sign a declaration for the voluntary acknowledgment of paternity or obtain a DNA test to show he is the father of the child. If the mother of the child refuses to allow the father to obtain a DNA test, he can ask that the court order one.

Paternity actions are much like child custody actions. If the parents are unable to agree on paternity, custody, and/or child support, the court will set an evidentiary hearing.

At vegas west attorneys, we know how to best tackle paternity actions to maximize your time with your child. We understand the importance of your relationship with your child and will make sure your parental rights are protected.

NAME CHANGES

While name changes are generally not as complicated as other areas of law, it is wise to consider hiring an attorney to do it for you, as different circumstances will require different legal procedure.

There are different standards for adult name changes and name changes for children. Adult name changes are much quicker; however, they do require several pieces of paperwork to be properly prepared and filed with the court. After that, publication is required (unless certain exceptions apply) before the final order can be signed.

For children, the process can become very complicated. If the other parent consents to the name change, it will drastically simplify the matter. If the other parent refuses to consent to the name change, however, you will have to prove to the court why the name change is in the best interest of the child. If you do not know where the other parent is, and they are no longer involved in the child’s life, you may have to jump through some hoops to effectuate service on that parent.

An experienced attorney with vegas west attorneys can help you obtain a name change, whether it is for you, as an adult, or for your child. We have the legal knowledge and experience necessary to prepare the correct paperwork and get your name change finalized quickly and efficiently.

RELOCATION/MOVES

Relocation cases are some of the most difficult cases family law attorneys do, as they have all the difficulties of a child custody case with the added challenge of a parent moving out of state, meaning one or both parents will have to go long periods of time without seeing their child.

Relocation cases are also some of the most labor-intensive. They involve a large amount of discovery by both parties trying to prove which location is best for the child to live. They may also involve a relocation risk assessment by a therapist or psychologist.

The importance of retaining experienced legal counsel for a relocation case – whether you are the parent who wishes to move or the parent who is fighting the move – cannot be overstated. At vegas west attorneys, we know that your child is the most important thing in your life, and that is reflected through our careful, detailed, and skilled legal work.

When you retain an attorney at vegas west attorneys, you can be confident that you have legal knowledge, dedication, and skill on your side. While we cannot eliminate the stress of a relocation case, you can be assured when you hire vegas west attorneys that your case is a priority and you will be involved and prepared every step of the way.

SECOND OPINIONS

Just as you might go to a doctor for a second opinion after receiving a diagnosis, it is sometimes wise to get a second opinion from an attorney as well. You do not, however, want to seek a second opinion from an attorney who will shelve your legal matter, as time is of the essence in family law cases due to certain statutory and rule-based deadlines.

Second opinions are sought by family law litigants for several reasons. Maybe your spouse has presented you with a prenuptial agreement they want you to sign and you need to have it reviewed by an attorney. Perhaps you already have an attorney, but your instinct is telling you that the course of action they are taking is not right for your case. Even if your case is already over, a second opinion (if done within the deadlines) can help you determine if you need to move to set the judgment aside or file an appeal.

At vegas west attorneys, you can be sure that if you reach out to us for a second opinion, you will receive it quickly. We can provide you with advice, with an opinion to take to your attorney, or even with representation should you choose to hire us instead. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner you can have your situation assessed to determine whether you are on the right track or need to change course.

TERMINATION OF PARENT RIGHTS

Terminating a parent’s rights can be a long, uphill battle involving legal nuance, especially if the parent whose rights are being terminated does not want his or her rights terminated, or if the location of the other parent is unknown.

To terminate parental rights, an individual must have grounds to do so, and there are a limited number of grounds allowed under Nevada law.

Whether you are seeking to terminate a parent’s rights, or you have had a termination case filed against you, vegas west attorneys can help. We understand the complex, often emotional, and nuanced nature of termination cases, and we have the experience to present the best case possible to the Judge.

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