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Former X-Files actor files for divorce

Nevada residents may be following the reports that David Duchovny and his former spouse Tea Leoni have finalized their divorced. Duchovny filed for divorce in June. The couple came to a settlement on their own, which will see Duchovny pay $40,000 a month in spousal support. He will also pay $8,333 in child support plus other expenses each month.

While Leoni will have primary physical custody of their 15-year-old and 12-year-old children, both parents will have legal custody rights. The couple first was married in 1997 and separated in 2008 before reconciling after several months apart. They separated again in 2011, and Duchovny cited an irretrievable breakdown in the relationship during the June divorce filing. Representatives for both parties declined to comment about the reports.

What abuse victims can do to get help

Domestic violence services provider Safe Nest says that 42 percent of all women in Nevada have experienced domestic abuse. When left unchecked, it could result in emotional or physical trauma. In some cases, victims of domestic abuse could be killed by their abuser. While homicides due to domestic violence fell in the state in 2013, the rate appears to be rising according to a representative for the group.

Organizations such as Safe Nest provide shelter, emergency protection orders and other resources that victims of domestic abuse may need. Many victims of abuse stay because they don't always realize that they are being abused. The cycle of domestic abuse generally involves abuse occurring, the abuser apologizing and the victim forgiving the attacker. While the relationship may seem better after the apology, the abuse will likely continue.

Billionaire's divorce may result in unprecedented settlement

Nevada couples considering divorce might be interested in the recent case involving the oil tycoon Harold Hamm. Authorities reported that the legal split between Hamm and his wife of 26 years might result in the largest recorded divorce settlement ever. Reportedly, the Oklahoma court presiding over the divorce trial has cleared its docket for eight weeks to hear arguments from both sides.

According to Forbes magazine, Hamm is one of the 40 richest individuals in the world. His company, Continental Resources, deals in oil production and is a pioneer in the use of fracking. Hamm, 68, has amassed a personal fortune that authorities purport to be more than $20 billion. Authorities state that most of that wealth was accrued during the past quarter of a century, a timeframe that coincides with the tenure of his marriage. Some authorities anticipate that the divorce settlement will result in Hamm's wife receiving between $4 billion and $8 billion.

Growing number of of children living with grandparents

Nevada residents may be interested to learn that the number of children who were being raised by their grandparents doubled from 2.4 million in 2000 to 4.9 million in 2010, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Grandparents in Nevada and across the nation might get custody of a grandchild because the parents or guardians were no longer fit to raise the child. The Child Welfare Information Gateway states that grandparents often step in to provide for children whose parents abandoned them due to substance abuse problems, mental disorders or serving time in jail.

Parents who can no longer raise their children may be comforted by the idea of their own parents assuming guardianship, as this could mean the children will be raised with similar values, according to the assistant director of Community Child Care Solutions. Many resources are available for grandparents who find themselves in the position of parenting their grandchildren. The AARP GrandFamilies Guide addresses a range of concerns, including childcare, education and legal issues.

New law aimed at curbing gun rights for abusive partners

According to reports, Nevada had the highest level of domestic homicide in the country five different years between 2005 and 2011. In 2010, there were 35 instances of women being shot by men, and most of those deaths occurred with a handgun. However, the state fell to number 16 in the nation in 2011, and the director of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence says that attitudes are changing about domestic violence against men, women and children.

A piece of legislation proposed in the United States Senate called the Protecting Domestic and Stalking Victims Act would bar stalkers and abusive partners from owning guns. Currently, only abusive spouses are barred from buying handguns. The broader purpose of the law, according to the NNAD, is to ensure that the law keeps up with the different types of relationships that people engage in. These days, it is more common for people to eschew traditional marriage, which means that the law has to expand past just abusive partners.

Well-known actor requests spousal support modification

Nevada residents considering divorce may be interested in recent documents filed in family court by the actor Terrance Howard, who purportedly owes his second ex-wife $325,000 in spousal support. According to court documents, Howard is asking a judge to revisit the divorce settlement because he can no longer meet his financial obligation to his second ex-wife, Michelle Ghent

Howard claims that he makes approximately $6,000 per month in income after paying spousal support to his first ex-wife and child support to his children. Moreover, Howard argues that he agreed to pay Ghent $325,000 in their divorce settlement only because he was blackmailed and extorted.

Owner of hedge fund firm Citadel files for divorce

Individuals in Las Vegas who possess many assets and are considering divorce might find themselves in a similar situation to that of hedge fund firm owner Kenneth C. Griffin and his wife Anne Dias Griffin. Filing for divorce after 11 years, the couple owns numerous assets including an extensive art collection.

Although the couple signed a premarital agreement in 2003, they still have a complex marital estate. Citadel, Kenneth Griffin's hedge fund, may be protected since Anne Griffin is not listed as an owner. Representatives of both individuals have declined to comment on whether she will seek any assets related to the company. Anne Griffin founded the investment fund Aragon Global Management LLC in 2001 where she is still a managing partner.

Changes in domestic violence laws over the years

In Las Vegas and elsewhere in the U.S., laws regarding domestic violence have changed a great deal over the years. Although the United States has always recognized domestic violence as morally wrong, its courts and public perception have taken a long time to catch up. In the 1600s, Massachusetts had a law on the books stating that husbands could not abuse their wives; 200 years later, a 19th century North Carolina court reportedly reversed the divorce and alimony of an abused woman.

Laws continued to be slow to change until the late 20th century when awareness of the dynamics of domestic abuse began to be better understood. The first shelters for battered women began opening in the 1960s. Over the last two decades, the government has increasingly dedicated funds to prevention of domestic violence.

Contentious Moore divorce set to be finalized

Nevada residents may be interested to learn that filmmaker Michael Moore and his wife, Kathy Glynn, are about to finalize their divotce. The couple has been married for 22 years, but they dated for nine years before tying the knot. They have no children together. Glynn has a daughter from a previous relationship. Early in Moore's career, Glynn worked as a producer on his films, however, she stopped in 2004. Moore claims that she moved out of their apartment the same year, but court documents also put the split at 2010 and 2013.

The separation date is only one of many issues on which the couple cannot reach agreement. There are more than 700 pages of trial exhibits. Moore alleges that Glynn read his personal communications and even hired a private investigator to check up on him. Another point of contention is the couple's large marital estate, a Michigan lakefront home purchased in 1995. When the couple later remodeled the home, Moore complained that his wife wasted marital funds and the expansion cost five times more than originally anticipated.

The role of social media in child support disputes

When two people in Nevada decide to have a child, there is an expectation that they will support that child. If the parents subsequently divorce, one may gain custody of the children while the courts may order the non-custodial parent to pay a set amount of child support every month. Some parents are diligent about making their payments, but others neglect to send any financial support to their children.

There is no law against being legitimately unable to cover the support, and there are cases where the non-custodial parent is destitute and has nothing to send. On the other hand, there are parents who have the means to support their children but choose not to. When the evidence supports the idea that a person is willfully refusing to pay child support, then the criminal justice system may become involved in the case.