Las Vegas Family Attorney
The children’s rhyme says first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby… but how families evolve is rarely so straightforward. People change, feelings change, and sometimes those changes bring about the need for a fresh start—a breaking down and rebuilding of family relationships. And because families are legally bound, we must unknot and rework the legal ties that bind, as well as the emotional ones. Family law is one of the most sensitive areas of law, requiring astute, compassionate legal advice and representation. The Las Vegas family law attorneys at Ghandi Deeter Blackham Law Offices are prepared to help you resolve your family law concerns smoothly and constructively.
Our Family Law Practice Areas
Divorce – Our attorneys understand how difficult and stressful divorce is for families. During the divorce process, we will strive to put you at ease while vigorously protecting your rights and interests.
Child Custody – Determining who will have custody of children and how the responsibilities of raising them will be divided are extremely sensitive issues. Our lawyers will ensure your rights and those of your children are protected.
Child Support – While Nevada provides guidelines for courts to follow when ordering child support, our state has a high guideline deviation rate. Our attorneys help clients achieve fair child support arrangements.
Spousal Support – Although less common than in the past, spousal support and alimony are still awarded in Nevada divorce cases. If you think spousal support and alimony will be an issue in your divorce, we can assert your interests.
Property Division – Nevada law presumes marital property should be divided equally; however, courts must also divide property in a fair manner. Our lawyers are adept at handling property division, including high-asset cases.
Business Valuations – Some divorce cases require a business valuation to determine the economic worth of an owner’s interest in a family business. We have handled many divorces involving business valuations.
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements – We help clients enter into fair and beneficial prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, in addition to handling any disputes that arise over a prenup or postnup during the divorce process.
Surrogacy Agreements – A surrogacy agreement is a contract detailing the rights, obligations, intentions, and expectations in connection with a surrogacy arrangement. Our attorneys have experience drafting surrogacy agreements.
Las Vegas Family Law FAQs
We hope our website provides you with a wealth of valuable general information about family law in Nevada. In the interest of targeting some specific issues that often concern people working through a divorce and other family law matters, here are answers to questions clients frequently ask our Las Vegas family law attorneys. For legal advice and guidance regarding your unique family law issue, please contact our law office in Las Vegas to schedule a consultation with an experienced Nevada family lawyer. We look forward to putting your mind at ease with meaningful support and knowledge.
What is the difference between legal custody and physical custody?
In Nevada, there are two types of child custody—legal custody and physical custody—which both must be agreed upon and approved by a court. Legal custody allows a parent to make non-emergency parenting decisions, such as school enrollment, extracurricular activities, religious upbringing, medical needs, and the location where a child resides. In most cases, parents share legal custody. On the other hand, physical custody can be joint, or one parent can have primary physical custody. With joint physical custody, the parents share near-equal parenting time.
How do Nevada courts determine child custody?
For all child custody cases, Nevada courts aim to reach a decision that is in the best interest of the child, looking past arguments made by the parents if necessary. The best interest of the child includes the wishes of the child if the child is of sufficient age, the level of conflict between the parents, the nature of the child’s relationship with each parent, and the mental and physical health of the parents.
If my child(ren)’s other parent doesn’t pay child support, can I withhold visitation with our child(ren)?
The right to child visitation is not conditional upon the payment of child support, which means you cannot withhold visitation if your child(ren)’s other parent has not paid child support. In fact, you could be held in contempt by a court for not adhering to your child custody arrangement. Rather, if you are not receiving mandatory child support payments, speak with a Nevada family law attorney. It’s possible that wages and bank accounts can be garnished to enforce the payment of child support.
Will I be required to pay alimony if I get divorced?
In the eyes of Nevada law, when you got married, you promised to financially support your spouse, and while you have the right to get divorced, you must still fulfill the promise of spousal support to the extent required by law. The appropriate amount of spousal support (money paid during the divorce process) and alimony (money paid after the divorce is finalized) is decided on a case by case basis, with courts weighing numerous factors. But rest assured, one of our experienced family law attorneys can provide a good estimate based upon your individual circumstances.
Speak with an Experienced Las Vegas Family Attorney Today
Let Ghandi Deeter Blackham Law Offices give you the comfort and support of having an experienced Las Vegas family law attorney guide you through what is likely a very difficult and emotional time. Our family lawyers will work aggressively and compassionately to protect your rights every step of the way and provide you with the personal attention your case and your family deserve.