Fathers Rights

Unless underlying issues like destructive behavior, substance abuse, domestic violence or incompetent parenting exist, every father has a right to maintain a relationship with his children. Mothers and fathers each make essential contributions to the development of their children, and generally should have equal say in important parenting decisions.

If you need help establishing or restoring father’s rights, I can help you. At the Law Offices of Marta L. Presti, Attorney at Law, I am experienced at helping fathers in the Reno area gain or regain access to their children. I look forward to helping you make a positive difference in the lives of your children.

What Are Your Custody Options? We’re Working for Your Family.

In the State of Nevada, the family court system operates on the presumption that both parents are fit and both should play an important role in the lives of their children. Judges continue to operate on that assumption unless they are shown evidence to the contrary such as abusive behavior or neglect on the part of one parent. For this reason, courts usually award joint legal custody, allowing both parents to have input into decisions about the child’s upbringing.

Once you have been awarded joint legal custody, I can help you make the case for joint physical custody. Judges consider a number of factors when determining physical custody. These factors include your employment situation, geographical location, and any history of violence or a criminal record. There is no presumption under Nevada law that mothers are better parents, but societal bias has historically been partial to granting custody to the mother. Since you have this inherent prejudice to overcome, it is extremely important to protect your rights as a father.

Temporary Protection Orders

I represent people seeking temporary protection orders (TPOs) to put an end to domestic abuse as well as people who need to defend themselves against them. Domestic violence cases are emotionally-charged, making it important to have a lawyer on your side who can cut through the emotions and provide sound advice.

I work closely with my clients, letting them know exactly where they stand as I seek to ensure that their rights and the interests of their children are being fully protected.

To learn more about your options regarding temporary protection orders, contact me today to schedule an appointment at my comfortable Reno law office.

Do You Need a TPO or Restraining Order?

If you are being abused, you should seek a TPO immediately. They are relatively easy for women to secure in cases of alleged domestic violence and do not initially require the assistance of an attorney. For men allegedly being abused by a woman, fair or not, they are slightly more difficult to acquire. These orders expire in 30 days unless there is a motion made and a full hearing to look into the underlying allegations.

Prenuptial Agreements

Nevada is a “community property state.” What does that mean for you? If your marital residence is in Nevada, the law presumes that all of your assets and debts should be split down the middle in the event of a divorce. To protect your assets and income from the community property system, you need an experienced family law attorney on your side.

At the Law Offices of Marta L. Presti, Attorney at Law in Reno, Nevada, I work closely with people to help them craft a prenuptial agreement that meets their needs, protects their assets and provides for their loved ones. Contact me to schedule an appointment.

Is a Prenuptial Agreement Right for You? Find Experienced, Assertive and Compassionate Representation at the Law Offices of Marta L. Presti.

While many people feel that a prenuptial agreement can take the romance out of marriage, and they may indeed not be right for every couple, it may be a helpful tool for protecting your interests and reducing financial stress and possible future discord. When drafted properly by an experienced lawyer, in a timely manner before the wedding, a prenuptial agreement can provide peace of mind for both parties, particularly those with significant assets or those entering a second or third marriage who want to protect their children.

Contrary to popular belief, a prenuptial agreement may be able to help you solidify the foundation of your marriage by eliminating much of the uncertainty. An agreement before the marriage or even one drafted afterwards can be used to clarify what property you and your spouse will consider community property. In the event that your relationship should end, having a clear property agreement in place can help eliminate some of the acrimony and costs involved in divorce.