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Neil Young files for divorce in California court

Singer Neil Young filed a petition to dissolve his marriage to Pegi Young on July 29 in San Mateo, California. The couple had been married for 36 years and Mrs. Young frequently collaborated on his songs. A hearing regarding the divorce request is scheduled for Dec. 12. The couple has one son, and there was no word as to whether spousal or child support for either party was being sought in the case.

Pegi Young was credited as being an inspiration for Neil Young's hits Unknown Legend, Once an Angel and Such a Woman. They performed on stage together at the 1994 academy awards and she had been a backstage singer since the 1990s. The couple hosts a yearly benefit concert each year in California to promote the Bridge School. It was co-created by the couple to help provide educational benefits to children with special needs as their own son has cerebral palsy.

Important child support information for Clark County residents

In dealing with raising a child on one's own, support issues can be significant in determining how well a parent can care for that juvenile. The circumstances resulting in the need for support may be varied, but the typical route for a parent to initiate a support case in Clark County, Nevada, is by application through the Family Support Division. Information to be provided includes the name, date of birth and Social Security number of the individual who is expected to pay child support. That individual's current residential and employment information should also be supplied along with addresses and names of their friends and family members.

Documentation of one's own legal separation or divorce should be supplied along with birth certificates for each child for whom support is needed. There is no fee to initiate a child support case. In addition to seeking support payments, the Family Support Division may be able to assist with medical insurance enforcement on behalf of children. Courts have many avenues for dealing with a parent who does not pay support that is due, including attachment of wages or other financial income, ordering of a parent to seek a job, and placing liens against property.

Money mistakes to avoid during divorce

While Nevada individuals might be in a hurry to finalize the divorce process, rushing through the financial aspects of divorce can be costly in the long run. Learning to avoid a few mistakes that individuals sometimes make regarding finances during divorce can make the whole process run more smoothly.

One mistake is believing that assets that have the same value will result in the same net amount. Taxes on assets can have a dramatic impact on the actual value that a spouse will receive from the asset. For example, unrealized capital gains on taxable investments can result in a future tax liability. Taxes are particularly relevant when dealing with retirement income. For example, Roth IRAs are funded with pre-tax dollars, while 401(k)s are funded with after-tax dollars. A distribution for a Roth IRA does not incur taxes, while one for a 401(k) does. Additionally, taking funds out early from a retirement account may cause a spouse to incur a tax penalty.

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.