judge signing papers on deskThis is the next post in my series on the issue of agreed upon divorces in Las Vegas, Nevada. My last article discussed how child custody is handled in an uncontested divorce. It is important for parents to understand that they must be in agreement on all issues in order to go through the uncontested process. If parents cannot agree on custody, visitation, and child support then they will need to go through the contested process instead. In this article I will be discussing steps which parents should take after completing the process. Retaining an attorney to assist you can be helpful in ensuring that such steps are completed. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

An important step to take immediately after your case is completed is to resolve all financial obligations which stem from your marriage dissolution. Such obligations can include the refinancing of vehicles, listing homes for sale, transferring assets, etc. Failing to immediately resolve such issues can sometimes result in future litigation. Consider the following example. Jack and Jill have a car which is financed in both of their names. Jack will be keeping the car after the divorce and, pursuant to the Decree, he must refinance it into his name only. Jill does not follow up with Jack and does not demand a copy of any paperwork showing that the refinance is completed. Jack is then late on his payments and Jill’s credit is damaged. Jill could have been more diligent in forcing Jack to complete the refinance, which could have included filing to hold him in contempt. By ensuring that all financial issues are timely resolved you can help to prevent such situations from arising.

A second important step is to follow all child custody requirements included in your Decree of Divorce. These requirements, obviously, include aspects related to custody and visitation. They also include requirements related to the payment of support, the sharing of information, etc. If a parent is failing to follow the requirements of the Decree then they may find themselves back in Court due to a request to modify custody in favor of the other party. It is important to remember that the willingness to follow Court orders, and your ability to work with the other parent, are factors which the Court will consider in any subsequent proceedings. By following the Court’s orders, and attempting to cooperate with your counterpart, you help to insulate yourself against future proceedings.

If the other party is failing to follow the terms of the Decree then it is important that you document such failures. Examples of this documentation can include making requests through email instead of through verbal communication. Also, keeping a detailed log of problems will be helpful to your attorney when they are attempting to gauge the scope of the situation. By keeping records you help to ensure that your interests are protected.

If you are having issues following an uncontested divorce then it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. The longer you wait to contact counsel then the less likely the Court may be to hold the other side accountable. As a Las Vegas lawyer who devotes her practice to the handling of family law, I am experienced in dealing with such issues. Contact my office online or by telephone today to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.