We have over 20 years of combined experience successfully representing individuals in thousands of different Las Vegas family law matters. If you’ve got questions about your family law case, we’ve got answers! The Las Vegas Family Law Attorneys at The Rosenblum Allen Law Firm know what’s at stake for you. Whether it is a Las Vegas divorce, Nevada annulment, Nevada guardianship, Nevada adoption, child custody or alimony case, our experienced and aggressive attorney can help. We will:
Our legal team is committed to helping our clients navigate the complexities of our legal system to get the results they deserve.
We’ve Got Answers. Get Help Now!
Being involved in a family law issue can be overwhelming and incredibly emotional. . . but it doesn’t have to be. Keep reading here to get the answers to your most frequently asked questions about family law attorneys.
The area of family law can be as broad or as narrow as family lawyers want. Some Las Vegas attorneys limit their family law practice to only divorce cases or only custody matters. Other lawyers may practice in a wide range of areas that involve their client’s family.
In general, family law lawyers handle a wide variety of issues related to a person’s family. This can include issues related to spouses such as divorce or Nevada legal separation. It can also include matters related to children such as adoption, Nevada guardianship and CPS cases. Some family law attorneys also handle cases involving their own parents or aging family members such as estate planning, adult guardianship and grandparent visitation rights.
Almost every type of family law case involves lots of paperwork that must be prepared and filed with a family court judge. This is true whether the case is a divorce or an adoption. In addition to preparing the appropriate paperwork, most family law attorneys will appear in court and make arguments on behalf of their client.
In Nevada, there are no court appointed attorneys for family law matters with the small exception of cases where children have been removed by Child Protective Services. If you have a run of the mill divorce or child custody case, the Court will not appoint an attorney for you. You must hire your own lawyer or represent yourself.
If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, you have several options.
First the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada offers pro bono lawyers for those individuals who can qualify for a pro bono attorney. The Legal Aid Center sets their own standards for who can get a pro bono lawyer so it is best to contact Legal Aid directly.
If you don’t qualify for a Legal Aid attorney or a pro bono lawyer, you have the option to complete the paperwork on your own and represent yourself in Court. Almost all of the paperwork for any type of family law case is available through the Clark County Self Help website. You can also get the paperwork by going to the family court at 601 N Pecos Road, Las Vegas, Nevada.
The family court also offers the Ask-A-Lawyer program every Thursday. The Ask-A-Lawyer program allows litigants with family court questions to meet with a lawyer for free about 15 minutes to ask questions and get assistance with paperwork. The Ask-A-Lawyer program operates on a first come, first serve basis.
As a litigant you also have the option of hiring a paralegal to assist with your paperwork. Paralegals are often far less expensive than attorneys. BEWARE: Paralegals cannot offer legal advice! There are no set standard in Nevada for someone to call themselves a paralegal – you should check the qualifications of the paralegal before giving them any money. For more information about hiring a paralegal for your family court case click here.
Another option is to hire an unbundled family law lawyer. Unbundled attorneys can represent you for one part or a few parts of your case. For example, you can complete and file all of the paperwork on your own but you want a lawyer to speak for you at your motion hearing. You can hire an unbundled attorney who will appear for you in court and make arguments on your behalf. Usually, unbundled attorneys charge a few hundred dollars to just make a court appearance.
We know that being involved in a family law matter can be overwhelming. Our attorneys have over 20 years of combined experience in family law and over 200 family law trials. If you need help with a family law matter, call us today at (702) 433-2889 or fill out our on-line form for more information.
If you are involved in a contested family court case, you should expect to make at least two court appearances which include a Case Management Conference and a Trial. For really contested cases, a motion hearing, or even several motion hearings might be necessary.
The Case Management Conference is usually scheduled about 30 to 60 days after your case is filed. At the Case Management Conference the judge will want to know if any issues are resolved and what issues remain unresolved. The judge will want to know how long you will need to conduct discovery and when your trial should be scheduled. The judge might also make temporary orders involving child support, child custody and alimony. Usually, the Case Management Conference only lasts 15 to 20 minutes. To be best prepared for this hearing, make sure your financial disclosure form is filed and up to date and that your lawyer has filed your initial list of witnesses and exhibits.
A motion is a written request to your family court judge to make decisions about specific issues in your case. This could include temporary alimony or child support or having a judge decide on temporary legal custody and visitation until your case gets to a trial. During the hearing on your motion, the judge will listen to arguments from your attorney and your ex’s attorney. The judge might even ask you and your ex questions and then judge will make a decision. A motion hearing IS NOT the same thing as a trial. Motion hearings usually only last an hour or less and is usually limited to the arguments you made in your written documents. To best prepare for your motion hearing, dress neat, be on time, be respectful to your ex and the judge, prepare for the hearing with your attorney and DO NOT bring your children.
A trial is the time for the judge to take testimony, look at your evidence and make a final decision about your family court case. Trials often take months of preparation and are usually pretty costly. Most trials only last a day or two, but there have been instances where family court trials can drag on for days or even weeks. If you have a family court case that is headed to a trial, we strongly suggest consulting with an experienced family law attorney.
There are many tips we could offer to help you maximize your dollars when hiring a family law attorney. But we’ve decided to cut it down to just a few.
Tell your attorney the truth about everything. Keeping your secrets from your attorney is not only financially more costly, but it could also cost you your divorce or custody case. Any potentially damaging evidence needs to be shared with your lawyer as soon as possible.
Keep your appointments with your lawyer. Most lawyers work on an “appointment only” basis, similar to a doctor’s office. Your lawyer might be up against a deadline and cancelling an appointment could leave your attorney without information or unable to be fully prepared for Court. Also, keeping your appointments shows your lawyer that the case matters to you and that you care enough to show up. Finally, chances are that if you don’t show to an appointment, and don’t cancel ahead of time, the lawyer might bill you for the time anyway.
Be patient with your lawyer when it comes to returning calls and emails. In today’s culture, people expect instant responses but for family law attorneys this may not always be possible. Your lawyer might be in Court arguing in front of a judge and unable to return your call. Your lawyer might also be in a meeting with another client and unable to respond immediately. The best way to ensure your lawyer has the time to answer your questions is to schedule a telephone conference or face-to-face meeting. Chances are this will maximize your time and money.
Listen to your family law attorney. Everyone knows someone who has been to family court and usually that someone has lots of advice. Sadly, most of the time, their legal advice is wrong. Think of it this way . . . your friend may have had 1 or 2 cases in family court, but your lawyer has probably had thousands of cases. Your friends and family mean well, no doubt. But you are the one paying a lawyer for their advice based on their experience.
Pay your lawyer’s bill. We’d love to sugar coat it but paying your lawyer’s bill on-time is the surest way to get the most for your money. Generally, a lawyer with an unpaid bill assumes that your case is not important to you or that you want something for nothing. Now don’t get us wrong. We understand that life happens and lawyers are expensive. If you can’t pay your lawyers bill in full when payment is due, talk to your attorney and work out a payment arrangement. Most lawyers will understand and work with you. Ghosting your lawyer? Chances are your case is moving down on their priority list.
Our attorneys have experience with various family law matters, including divorce, legal separation, annulment, child custody and visitation, child support, alimony, prenuptial agreements, adoption, guardianship, and more. We can help with any family law issue you are facing.
If you and your spouse agree on all issues, an uncontested divorce in Nevada can typically be finalized in 1-2 months. If you have litigation disputes, the process takes longer, around 6-12 months, depending on the case’s complexity. Our attorneys will pursue the fastest resolution possible.
Joint physical custody, where children split time between parents, is most common. Primary physical custody awards the majority of the time to one parent. Joint legal custody allows both parents to make significant decisions together while one has a primary residence.
We offer flexible flat-fee retainers, unbundled legal services if you need help with certain parts of your case, and even pro bono assistance based on income eligibility through our Family Law Legal Relief program. Payment plans are also available.
Mediation can be faster and less expensive than going to trial. It allows you and your spouse to negotiate directly. However, it requires compromise and may not work well if there is domestic abuse or you have significant disagreements over major issues. Consult your attorney first.
You have legal options to enforce child support orders, such as wage garnishment, tax refund interception, contempt motions, and license suspension. An attorney can file the paperwork to get the payments you and your children are owed.
To modify custody, you must file a motion showing a substantial change in circumstances that warrants altering the existing custody arrangement. Examples include one parent relocating, a change in work schedule, or behavior concerns. Your attorney can help demonstrate why a change is justified.
Parental rights can be terminated if abandonment, severe neglect or abuse, drug use that prevents adequate care, or other extreme circumstances show the parent is unfit. Severing parental rights is complex, so legal counsel is essential.
Nevada is a community property state, so marital assets and debts are typically divided equally in divorce. Separate property owned before marriage or received as a gift/inheritance may be exempt. The court examines factors like length of marriage and contribution when deciding asset distribution.
Yes, with the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex couples have the same marriage and divorce rights as different-sex spouses. Our attorneys handle same-sex divorce, and all other LGBTQ family law matters.
Adoption – The legal process of establishing a parent-child relationship between a minor and an adult who is not the minor’s biological parent.
Alimony – Court-ordered financial support paid by one spouse to the other after a divorce. Also called spousal support or maintenance.
Annulment – A legal procedure that dissolves a marriage and declares it null and void because conditions for a legal marriage were not met.
Child Custody – A court order determining which parent(s) a child will live with and who is responsible for child-rearing decisions.
Child Support – Financial payments made by a parent to help provide for a child’s expenses. Determined by state guidelines.
Community Property – Assets and debts acquired during a marriage that are considered jointly owned by both spouses.
Contested Divorce – Divorce proceedings involving disputes between spouses that must be resolved by the court.
Divorce – The legal process of dissolving a marriage and partitioning assets and debts.
Domestic Partner – An unmarried adult in a committed relationship with another adult, with rights and obligations similar to a married couple.
Emancipation – When a minor becomes self-supporting, assumes adult responsibilities, and becomes free from parental control prior to age 18.
Guardianship – When a court gives an adult legal power to care for a child or incapacitated adult (called a ward).
Legal Separation – Spouses remain married but live apart and divide assets and debts through a court order.
Paternity – Establishing the legal father of a child through genetic testing or voluntary acknowledgment.
Prenuptial Agreement – A contract signed prior to marriage to determine property division and spousal support in case of divorce.
Primary Custody – When one parent has the majority of parenting time with a child.
Spousal Support – Financial support paid by one spouse to the other for living expenses during or after a separation or divorce.
Uncontested Divorce – A divorce where spouses agree on all issues and complete divorce papers themselves without litigation.
Visitation Rights – The scheduled parenting time that a non-custodial parent spends with their child.
Molly Rosenblum, Esq., our distinguished lead attorney, has not only been at the forefront of providing top-tier legal representation but has also developed a wide range of resources to support and educate our readers during crucial times. These resources, thoughtfully created to address various aspects of family law in Nevada, are readily available on the Rosenblum Law website. They serve as a valuable guide for anyone navigating the complexities of family-related legal matters:
Family Court Las Vegas: Detailed information about the family court system in Las Vegas, designed to help you understand the processes and proceedings you might encounter. Learn about Family Court.
Common Law Marriage in Nevada: Clarification and guidance on the status and recognition of common law marriages in Nevada, providing clarity on this often misunderstood area. Understand common law marriage.
Name Change Las Vegas: Step-by-step assistance for legally changing your name in Las Vegas, ensuring you follow the proper procedures and legal requirements. Begin the name change process.
Nevada Power of Attorney: Essential information on creating a power of attorney in Nevada, allowing you to make informed decisions about granting legal authority in personal and business matters. Learn about Power of Attorney.
How to File a Motion in Family Court: Guidance on the procedural aspects of filing a motion in family court, providing a clear roadmap for initiating court actions. Discover how to file a motion.
Family Court Mediation: Insights into the mediation process in family court, offering an alternative route to resolving disputes amicably and effectively. Explore mediation options.
Unbundled Attorney: Information on unbundled legal services, offering a flexible and cost-effective option for legal representation tailored to your specific needs. Understand unbundled services.
Nevada Adoption: A detailed guide to the adoption process in Nevada, providing support and direction for those considering expanding their family through adoption. Learn about adoption in Nevada.
Through these resources, Molly Rosenblum, Esq., aims to provide clarity, guidance, and support, empowering you with the knowledge to navigate the intricate landscape of family law in Nevada. We invite you to utilize these valuable resources as you embark on or navigate through your legal journey.
Here are some resources that can provide more information and support for those seeking a family law attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada:
Nevada State Bar Association: The official site of the Nevada State Bar, which includes a directory of licensed attorneys in Nevada.
Avvo – Las Vegas Family Law Attorneys: Avvo provides a directory of family law attorneys in Las Vegas, along with user ratings and reviews.
Justia – Las Vegas Family Law Attorneys: Justia also provides a directory of family law attorneys in Las Vegas, along with their profiles containing information about their education, awards, and professional associations.
FindLaw – Las Vegas Family Law: FindLaw provides a comprehensive directory of family law lawyers in Las Vegas, with detailed profiles and contact information.
Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada: This organization provides free legal education and assistance to residents of Southern Nevada, including help with family law matters.
Clark County Family Law Self-Help Center: This center provides legal information and forms for family law matters in Clark County, Nevada, where Las Vegas is located. This can be a useful resource for individuals who are representing themselves in court.