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Bill before Nevada legislature would change some divorces

There are several bills befrehe Nevada legislature that could significantly impact divorce law.  They include a bill that will lengthen Nevada's 6 week residency requirement that some people feel creates a 'divorce mill" in Nevada.  Other bills include insulating military disability income from spousal support, changing the relocation standard for removing children,and requiring mandatory mediation for propeorty division issues 9 like we do for cusody issues). the legislature may be over-reaching.  In the desire to reduce conflict, or to protect veterans, the legislature could be hurting military wives.  And fhe less informed soiuise could be harmed by over-simplified property mediations if lawyers are not required to serve as mediators. 

Survey: 4 out of 5 businesses worry about asset protection in divorce

Las Vegas business owners are understandably concerned that someone might one day walk onto their property, stage an accident and file a lawsuit in an attempt to collect damages. We have all heard of these kinds of lawsuits and can understand why businesses would purchase protective insurance to guard against ruinous losses.

But business owners also worry about losing assets in a different type of legal action: their own divorce proceedings.

Las Vegas Metro Police to disband domestic violence unit?

While police departments across the nation are adding domestic violence units made up of cops with specialized training, the Las Vegas Metroolitan Police Dept. is preparing to disband its 14-member unit. The move is part of Sheriff Joe Lombardo's plan to get officers closer to the communities they serve, but some community leaders and Clark County domestic violence advocates are niot enthused.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that the units' dozen detectives would be reassigned in the move, taking on a wider variety of cases while the rest of the department's detectives would divide domestic violence incidents.

Who you gonna call? Divorce mythbusters

The TV show "Mythbusters" has a great way of hooking viewers. Using the scientific method and mechanical devices they construct, the hosts of the Discovery Channel program test the validity of myths, rumors, conspiracy theories, adages and even viral videos. In that way, viewers can see if these myths, sayings, theories, etc., are valid or are the product of superstition or human gullibility. (You might recall that the show's hosts did a limited number of performances here in Las Vegas last summer.)

Therapist Susan Pease Gadoua and journalist Vicki Larson are perhaps a literary equivalent of mythbusters, knocking down myths and legends that surround divorce in our culture. Gadoua and Larson are authors of "The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels." They question the truth in commonly made claims such as "living together before marriage lowers the risk of divorce."

Whatever the myths and statistics are, Divorce lawyers in the Las Vegas Divorce lawyers are busy representing both married and unmarried parents in equal numbers according at leat one lawyer who attended the Annual Nevada Family Law Conference in Ely in early March. And, people are having children out of wedlock while living in a traditional family setting  more and more frquently.  

Study shows gender difference in how illness affects divorce

In traditional wedding vows, people would promise to have and hold their loved one for better or for worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health -- "til death do us part." Today, many couples write their own vows, but the idea is still the same: you are bound together, no matter what, until separated by death.

Or are you? Researchers recently unveiled a new study that shows that for couples over the age of 50, major health issues (cancer, heart problems, stroke, lung disease) affect divorce rates. The study shows that if a wife has a major illness, it is 6 percent more likely that the couple will get a divorce. If the husband gets a major illness, the odds of divorce do not change.

Are you prepared to represent yourself?

The Clark County website features a page for people considering whether or not they are capable of representing themselves in court during their divorce proceedings. The county shares some good information; perhaps none better than this: "The biggest risk in representing yourself without a lawyer is that you will lose your case!" (The exclamation mark is theirs, not ours.)

The punctuation is undoubtedly intended to warn readers of the serious consequences of attempting to represent yourself in a divorce. There are no do-overs or restarts in court. Clark County warns that it's not terribly difficult to make mistakes in required court procedures (which can result in dismissal or a judgement for the other party) or technical requirements to prove your case.

Child custody agreement: it can be an act of love

It's the song parents across the nation report that their children can't let go of: "Let It Go," from the 2013 movie "Frozen." Sung by Idina Menzel (known to John Travolta as "Adele Dazeem"), the song won an Oscar, a Grammy and the hearts of millions.

Perhaps surprisingly, the song has even captured Taye Diggs' heart, the ex-husband of Menzel. Diggs recently said the popular tune has become something of a mantra for him after the split from Menzel and their divorce, which was finalized late last year.

Planning ahead while also taking care of business today

Apple co-founder and high-tech icon Steve Jobs had a flair for the dramatic. When introducing revolutionary technological jewels, he liked to pause near the end of his presentations and say, "One more thing..." It was a fun way for the late innovator to add one more dazzling feature the latest world-changing device could perform.

There are several things that people need to put on their check list to change or add that are not necssarily part of their divorce cases. They include changing beneficiaries in wills, trusts and pension and retirement plans, and changing titles on property or vehicles. There is always "one more thing" for people going through the parallel legal and emotional processes to remember to do. The Wall Street Journal recently discussed a "one more thing" to do after divorce: change your estate plan.

What are causes for divorce in Nevada?

Incompatibility, Insanity, and separation for more than a year are the only legal gorunds for divorce in Nevada, which is a no fault state.  According to Nevada law, insanity must exist for at least two years prior to the commencement of the divorce action. The court will then ask for evidence supporting the claim, and if that evidence is convincing, the court can grant a divorce decree. Because  insanity or separation have to be proven, but incompatibility does not, it is rare that a party seeks divorce upon grounds other then incompatibility. 

'Losing' your house in a divorce setttlement can be a win

Couples no longer fight over who gets the house. Now the couples are more inclined to fight over who should be strapped with the large mortgage.  Either way, navigating through the emotuional and financial consequences of divorce are best left to the professionals.  Divorce lawyers have to advise their clients about taxes, mortgage refinance, or house sales.  And in this new economy, leaving the marrrige debt free can be a huge asset.   And, divorce lawyers can help get each of their clients into a manageable home with a modest mortgage.