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.