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Report claims men are victims of abuse almost as often as women

When considering domestic violence, the cliche is to assume that men always abuse women. However, some reports claim that abuse rates are actually close to equal.

The difference, they say, is that men don't call the police as often. They don't make reports. Even when they're injured, they may do nothing.

Should I keep a parenting and visitation diary?

When it comes to keeping records relating to your bookkeeping and accounting, the more and better organized you are with your record-keeping the better off you'll be in the event of an audit. It's similar when it comes to child visitations. Nevada parents who keep a brief log of their child visitation activities will be better off if a legal disagreement arises relating to their parenting style.

Let's say, for example, that your spouse accuses you of being a bad, irresponsible or inattentive parent. Your child custody journal will prove all the things you've done to serve as the best parent you can be. Best of all, keeping a child custody diary is simple, all you have to do is write some notes in the calendar of your cellphone or physically jot down some details in the boxes of a regular wall calendar.

Should you seek a lump-sum alimony payment?

Most people who receive alimony get their payments on a monthly basis. However, in some cases, people negotiate a deal where they receive a lump-sum alimony payment. They usually agree to a lower overall payout, but receive it all up-front. If the paying spouse can afford to do this, there are advantages for the receiving spouse.

If you receive your money in a lump sum, you don't have to worry about your spouse at some point being unable or unwilling to pay. Even people with considerable wealth and high incomes can suffer financial downturns. By getting what you're owed when the divorce is settled, you don't have to worry about any financial problems your ex may experience or winding up back in court if he or she decides to stop paying.

How the 2-2-3 child custody plan works

The 2-2-3 child custody plan is a common arrangement selected by Nevada parents who have a 50/50 child custody agreement. This plan has some pros and cons that parents will want to consider before choosing it, but before discussing the benefits and advantages, let's describe how it works:

The 2-2-3 plan essentially involves the child living Monday and Tuesday with the first parent; Wednesday and Thursday with the second; and Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the first parent. The schedule continues into the second week by starting with the second parent on Monday and Tuesday, and alternates in this fashion.

New law will allow leave for Nevada domestic violence victims

Nevada's governor has signed a law that mandates Nevada employers to give workers leave time if they, anyone in their family or in their home are victims of domestic violence. The law will go into effect at the beginning of 2018.

This is an amendment to current state law that requires employers to make certain reasonable accommodations for employees suffering domestic violence and prohibits them from discriminating against them for that reason.

What are my options for receiving child support payments?

In the state of Nevada, child support recipients have two options for receiving their child support money from the other parent of their children. Those options are to have the money deposited directly into your personal bank account or to have it credited to a Nevada debit card in your name.

With the first option, your child support money will go directly into your checking account by way of direct deposit each month. You can then withdraw the money when you wish, and use the cash to pay for your children's expenses, or save it in the account for future expenses that could arise.

What should I know about divorce and taxes?

Are you considering divorce but haven't thought about the tax implications? Now that you've gotten serious about your relationship with your current spouse, it's time to get serious about your relationship with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Here are a few things you'll want to keep in mind about taxes and divorce:

What constitutes domestic violence in Nevada?

Up until the past decade or so, domestic violence was thought of by most as a crime one romantic partner committed against the other. It's only in recent years that word "domestic" has come to be understood as covering anyone that has maintains a close, familiar relationship with his or her abuser.

Nevada state law allows any person that is alleged to have engaged in using some type of coercion, power or violence against another to be charged with domestic violence.

Have your co-parenting game plan in place before school starts

With back-to-school sales in full swing, many divorced parents are thinking about how they'll share the parenting responsibilities of homework, extracurricular activities and dealing with their kids' teachers and coaches as well as who will have the kids during vacations.

If you and your co-parent have a well-drafted parenting plan, this can make such things easier. Be sure to review it, though, to ensure that it still works as your kids go into higher grades and take on new activities or start a new school.

What's the worst mistake I could make in a high-asset divorce?

Most people would rather have as much wealth and abundance as possible. However, when it comes to divorce, a large marital estate means more complicated divorce proceedings. Indeed, divorce may be one of the few arenas in which the less you have the better off you are.

As you might imagine, when trying to estimate the value of different assets and property -- and when trying to figure out who should get what -- it's easy for high net worth spouses to make costly mistakes during their divorce proceedings. This begs the question: What is the absolute worst mistake a high net worth spouse could commit in a divorce?