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7 benefits of a prenuptial agreement

It used to be that asking your soon-to-be spouse to sign a prenuptial agreement was one of the most controversial things that a fiance could do. However, these days would-be spouses, and society, in general, are a lot more open to the idea of a prenuptial agreement. After all, so many marriages end in divorce that a prenup just makes sense.

Let's take a look at seven of the most significant benefits of a prenup:

Domestic violence shelter director found not guilty in abuse case

The former director of Nevada's most well known domestic violence shelter, Shade Tree, was found not guilty on charges that he battering his own girlfriend on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Las Vegas Metro Police had arrested and charged the 37-year-old defendant with misdemeanor domestic violence back on March 5 after he allegedly had attacked his live-in girlfriend.

According to the police report in the case, the woman allegedly slapped the man after arguing about how he had spoken to her. At the time, the woman reportedly told responding officers that he said he had been waiting for an opportunity to attack her. He then jumped on top of her and began beating her all about her body.

What if my ex disagrees on every custody decision?

Is your ex-husband or ex-wife disagreeing with you on every child custody decision? Having a different opinion from you is one thing. Disagreeing just to be disagreeable, and out of spite to make things difficult, is an entirely different thing altogether.

Let's say, for example, that your ex tries to fight you on each health care, education and religious decision you need to make for your child -- and it's creating so much difficulty and turmoil in your life that you don't know what to do. Do you have any legal rights regarding this problem?

3 tips for dealing with someone who lies in court

You and your spouse are in court, working toward a divorce. You both want custody of your two kids.

Unfortunately, your spouse is willing to lie in order to get it. Maybe he or she says that you abused the kids. Maybe he or she says you were never around and were always in the office. Maybe your spouse claims that the kids said they didn't want to live with you.

Are you worried you can't pay your child support?

Life circumstances are constantly changing. One day, we have a great job, and we're making a lot of money. The next day, we lose that job, and we're broke. It's just how life is, and Nevada child support laws recognize the fact that our incomes are constantly in flux. If you lost your job, and you're worried you can't pay your child support each month, you might be able to get approval from a family court judge for a child support modification.

At the Kainen Law Group, we've helped many Nevada mothers and fathers pursue a request to modify their child support orders. In some cases, we ask for increases. For example, we might represent a custodial parent to request a child support increase due to the changing financial requirements of their children. Alternatively, we might request an increase due to a significant increase in the noncustodial parent's financial situation.

Why verbal abuse does not impact child custody decisions

Despite the fact that it can have a lasting impact on a child's life, the majority of family court judges tend to share in the belief that verbal abuse should not have an impact on their child custody decisions. In case you're wondering why this is the case, it's important to look no further than to the United States Constitution and its First Amendment.

As convoluted as it may seem, judges hold in high esteem the protection of an individual's freedom of speech, even in cases in which that means that they are supporting verbal abuse.

Calculating child support amounts in Las Vegas

Most non-custodial parents in the midst of a divorce want to know how much they are likely to pay in child support. Clark County laws offer guidelines concerning child support. They can point you toward an idea of how much you're likely to pay, but you will not know for sure until after you've reached a finalized agreement or received your official child support decree from a family court judge.

Let's take a look at the general child support guidelines for what percentage of your income you'll likely pay in various cases:

Is legal separation better than divorce for older couples?

More older couples are getting divorced than ever before. Nonetheless, many couples in their 50s and above who no longer want to be together find that it's either too complicated to untangle decades of financial involvement or not beneficial to either of them to do so.

With the future of health insurance still in question, couples may also find that it's best to remain legally married in order for one spouse to get health insurance through the other's employer-sponsored plan.

What's the history of domestic violence enforcement?

Law enforcement officers, lawmakers and fellow citizens in Nevada are attempting to eradicate domestic violence from existence, making headway one step at a time. Nevertheless, there was a day when the courts and police didn't take domestic violence as seriously as they do today.

In the past, women were treated more like property, the notion of "until death do us part" was the law of the land, and husbands were permitted to do as they pleased. This meant that women often got the short end of the stick when it came to fair treatment and human rights. It also meant that many women were trapped in physically and sexually abusive relationships, and they had no way of escaping.

Are you a victim of financial abuse?

Most people think of the abuse of one spouse by another as physical in nature or perhaps verbal or emotional. However, some people are victims of financial abuse. Often (in fact 99 percent of the time) people who are physically abused are also financially abused. Both, after all, are means of controlling a spouse or partner.

Most financial abuse victims, particularly women who are older and grew up during a time when husbands controlled the pocketbook and bank accounts, may not even realize that they are being abused. While victims of physical violence may be afraid to leave their spouse, victims of financial abuse may not have the money to do so or the good credit necessary to make it on their own and take care of their children.