Whether it is the pain of divorce, the uncertainty of child custody arrangements, or the anxiety involved in crafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, family law concerns arise at emotional times in life. To protect your rights and those of your children, you want an experienced legal advocate who is committed to fighting for you. At Harry Paul Marquis, Chartered, I draw on more than 35 years of experience to help clients in Las Vegas resolve their domestic issues. I will work tirelessly to seek agreements that provide lasting resolutions but won’t hesitate to press for your rights in court should your case require it.
Filing for divorce in Nevada is fairly easy when it comes to residency requirements: one spouse must be a resident of the state for at least six weeks to file. And Nevada is a no-fault state, so you can’t blame your spouse’s wrongdoing as the reason for your breakup, although fault may be considered in alimony and dividing property.
The process of legally ending a marriage, however, requires making more decisions than most people realize — and these decisions will affect your life for years to come. For instance, it will be necessary to decide how to divide your property. Nevada is a community property state, meaning that property earned or acquired by either party during the marriage becomes the property of both parties and must be divided equally. By its nature, some property such as furniture or artwork cannot be divided and may have sentimental value that is particularly important to you. A knowledgeable divorce lawyer can help ensure courts have an accurate accounting and the full facts so your division is fair.
Nevada courts encourage both parents to have frequent and continuing contact with their children following divorce. That may mean parents have joint physical and legal custody, but this is not advisable or even feasible in every family situation. Legal custody grants the right to make important decisions for a child, while physical custody determines a child’s living arrangements. Custody may be split so that parents share legal custody but only one has physical custody. The key issue in any custody case, however, is doing what is in the best interests of the child.
Depending on your goals, your attorney can argue that:
Your lawyer should also address details regarding visitation arrangements including holiday schedules, transportation, vacations and other issues. I put my extensive experience handling child custody concerns to work on your behalf, vigorously advocating for your rights and your children’s welfare.
Many people think prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are only for the wealthy or that they make divorce more likely, but neither is the case. These agreements can help prevent conflicts in a marriage because they require couples to review and discuss financial arrangements ahead of time. For instance, a premarital agreement can protect one partner from incurring the personal debts of the other or clarify how property should pass to children from a previous marriage. My experience drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements helps prepare clients for the future, whatever it holds.
Whether you are ending a marriage, trying to secure your rights as a parent, or planning for the future, a seasoned family law attorney can help achieve your objectives. Contact my Las Vegas office now at 702-848-6045 or online for a consultation to learn how my experience can work for you.