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Make it concrete, not sugar

Before you make a presentation to co-workers or give a speech to a Clark County business group or Las Vegas neighborhood organization, experts urge you to take the time to know your audience. Who will you address? When you know who is listening, you can adapt your message to make it resonate with them.

Child therapist, author and mother Natasha Daniels says that same approach should be used by parents trying to figure out how to explain their divorce and child custody arrangement to a toddler. She says that young children "are very concrete, literal creatures" and that an effective explanation of divorce is given to them on their terms.

When divorce involves domestic violence allegations

Domestic violence can involve a wide variety of relationships and people. It can happen between married parents, fathers and offspring, mothers and children, adult children and elderly parents, and in dating relationships.

Because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it's an excellent time to make readers aware that a skilled, experienced Las Vegas family law attorney can help you protect your children and yourself if you face the threat of violence or have in the past had to contend with domestic violence.

Indifference is the goal

When a spouse dies, friends and family pull together to help the survivor get through the ordeal and through the loneliness and difficult changes in life. People will stop by in the days and weeks after the passing, bringing hot meals and conversation to comfort the grieving spouse.

It's a warm tradition nourishes the body and soul. But when a couple divorces, and struggles with difficult child custody issues, there is no similar custom. No one brings newly divorced parents a casserole. 

Keep it low, try your best, smile

She's just six years old, but she is dispensing some of the best life advice people have heard. Her name is Tiana and she recently gently explained to her single mom how best to deal with Tiana's dad.

The video of the girl has gone viral, as they say. For Las Vegas parents facing divorce and child custody issues, spending a few minutes with Tiana will help you see the world through a little girl's eyes. She wants more than anything for her parents to lower the level of animosity between them, to try their best to be decent to each other and to smile when they see her.

Questions to ask before the divorce: Part 2

Regular readers of our Las Vegas family law blog will undoubtedly recall our recent post in which we looked at questions experts say people should ask themselves before committing to divorce. Sometimes the end of a marriage can feel imminent, but after careful examination of emotions and facts, people realize that they are not prepared to undertake the divorce process.

In other situations, a person will look inward at their feelings and outward at important issues such as property division and realize that regardless of anticipated disputes, they are ready to notify their spouse that a divorce makes the most sense.

Questions to ask before the divorce: Part 1

Before a person begins divorce proceedings, they often spend weeks, months and even years pondering questions about their marriage and why it has come apart. The search for answers is for many an essential part of the emotional process of ending a relationship they thought would last forever.

A recent article outlined some of the questions people pondering divorce ought to ask themselves before contacting a Clark County family law attorney. The questions were posed by a financial adviser, a divorce lawyer, a professor of human development, a psychotherapist and a divorce coach.

Hide and seek

Every young child loves a good game of hide and seek. It's simple, good fun -- unless, that is, the game is being played in Clark County divorce proceedings involving substantial assets. When a spouse hides assets, the goal is simple: to deny the other spouse their rightful share in a settlement.

In a case far from Las Vegas, a man is suspected of hiding assets in a divorce. He apparently sold a Brooklyn property that was part of the marital estate, but won't tell anyone what he did with the proceeds from the sale. He also transferred ownership of another property -- for no money -- and transferred his business to his sister's name.

Theft of another kind

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to conceive. There's an old saying that goes something like that. Our version of the saying might well apply best to the case of a man, two women and a sperm bank far from Las Vegas.

A jury recently ruled in favor of the man and his first ex-girlfriend and against the Houston sperm bank that gave his second ex-girlfriend the man's semen without his permission. The second ex went to a fertility clinic with the ill-gotten sample, became pregnant and is now the mother of a little boy. It's one of the stranger child custody cases you will find anywhere.

Star Las Vegas restaurateur picks up the check

Her grandfather made high-art films with Federico Fellini, as well as John Wayne's last movie ("The Shootist") and trash-culture classics such as "Conan the Barbarian" and "Army of Darkness." While Italian filmmaker Dino De Laurentiis has left this mortal coil, his granddaughter Giada De Laurentiis has only left her husband and marriage.

According to a recent report, De Laurentiis and fashion designer Todd Thompson are officially divorced now that the financial terms have been finalized. The division of property seems to favor the ex-husband who is set receive half of De Laurentiis's upcoming cookbook advances, including $2.5 million to be paid for two culinary tomes from the Food Network star.

Helping your child through your high-conflict divorce

Sometimes divorce and child custody disputes are more difficult than they need to be. One spouse might be determined to be as obstinate as possible or might be suffering from depression or have substance abuse problems that complicate conflict resolution.

No matter what the reason for a high-conflict divorce, it is a difficult legal and emotional maze to navigate. When a series of battles affects your children -- and it inevitably will -- you'll want to be prepared to help them cope.