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Maria Perez Avilez, Esq.
400 South 4th Street, Suite 400
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
telephone 702.540.0808
facsimile 702.548.0720


Areas of Practice

Family Law:  Family law includes the best and worst in life — from adopting a child to divorcing a spouse.  Avilez Law has experience in the following types of cases:

  • Abuse and Neglect — Defending allegations of abuse and neglect in family court and criminal court. 
  • Adoptions — Open, private, state, step-parent.
  • Addiction Issues — How to use the court to address issues of drug and/or alcohol addiction and to minimize the impact on parenting children.
  • Alimony — Obtaining, modifying or eliminating short or long term payments from one spouse to another.
  • Annulments — Dissolving a marriage so the individual was legally "never married". 
  • Child Issues — Paternity, custody, child support, visitation, cooperative parenting, parental abduction or withholding.
  • Child Support — Defending or obtaining financial assistance in providing for a child.
  • Contempt — Contempt is what you request the court find when the other party is unable or unwilling to adhere to an order of the Court.  Your remedies can include fines, liens, jail time, and more.
  • Divorces — Legal rights, legal remedies, negotiation tactics, separation strategies, division of property and assets, child issues (see above).
  • Enforcement of Orders — Once you get an order regarding family law matters we can help you enforce it.
  • Emancipation of Minors — When a child is self-sufficient and wants to have the legal rights and responsibilities of an adult we can help the child in asking to obtain the legal status of an adult even before they turn 18 years old.
  • Filing of Foreign Judgments — You have an order from another state and would like to enforce or modify its terms here in Nevada. 
  • Grandparent Rights — Obtain visitation orders when your grandchildren's parents are separated or divorced and you are not being allowed contact.
  • Guardianships of Minors — When parents can't care for their own children, a guardianship allows a third party the rights and responsibilities over a minor. 
  • Injunctions — Prohibiting a person from an act which is detrimental to a parent or child, such as prohibiting contact between parent and child until a parent enters drug rehabilitation, or prohibiting your spouse from selling or removing community property. 
  • Name Changes — Simple legal process to change your name, correct birth certificates, or correct other state issued documents.
  • Parental Abduction or Withholding — Obtaining orders for the return of a child who has been improperly withheld or taken from a parent or guardian. 
  • Paternity — Confirm a person is the father before or after child support is owed.
  • Prenuptial Agreement — A written contract between two people prior to marriage, specifying the terms of the marriage in case it should later dissolve. Terms regarding current individual assets, future earnings, and property are examples of issues included in the contract.
  • Restraining Orders — Helping people obtain or dissolve (get rid of) orders that temporarily prohibit one party from any contact with another for a short period of time.
  • Spousal Support — See alimony above, it's the same thing.
  • TPO's — Temporary Protection Orders, see restraining orders above.
  • Termination of Parental Rights — Defending and prosecuting the termination of a the rights of a parent who is unfit or unable to have consistent contact that is in the best interest of a child.

Criminal Law:  When you have been charged with breaking the law, you need someone to defend you and explain the criminal process.  Avilez Law has experience in defending people accused of misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors within the state system. 

  • DUI or DWI — Act of operating a motor vehicle (and even a bicycle, boat or horse in some jurisdictions) after having consumed alcohol, prescription medication, or other substances to the degree that mental and motor skills were allegedly impaired.
  • Strict Liability — Acted negligently, rather than intentionally or recklessly.
  • Personal Offenses — Assault, Battery, Sexual abuse.
  • Property Offenses — Criminal damage, Theft, Robbery, Burglary and Fraud.
  • Participatory Offenses — Accomplice, Aid and Abet and Inchoate offenses.

Traffic Tickets: When you have been cited for driving over the speed limit, failure to stop at a stop sign, a parking ticket, no proof of insurance or driver's license.  Avilez Law has experience to negotiating these charges down to a parking ticket with a reasonable fine.