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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.

The problem of parental abductions

Nevada parents may be interested in an article discussing parental abduction issues. While courts will often grant orders to have the child returned, enforcement can be problematic.

Reports indicate that out of all child abductions in the U.S., around three-quarters of the children are taken by one of the child's parents. When a parental abduction happens, the parent with custody generally obtains a court order to return the child. Even with the force of the judicial system behind it, enforcing the order can be very difficult. This is because the enforcement of these court orders requires the assistance of the police. Authorities, however, are often reluctant to put their officers at risk to carry out the order.

Retirement a top consideration for divorce later in life

In Nevada, and all over the United States, older couples now divorce at higher rates than in the past. Many consider their home the largest asset in their marital estate, yet when couples divorce later in life, the assets they hold for retirement may be far more substantial.

While older spouses face issues similar to many divorcing couples, they face a more pressing need to make plans regarding retirement. Investing in a consultation with a certified financial planner during the early stages of a divorce represents a wise investment for the future. This advice often proves invaluable once the process of property division begins. Financial planners offer important insights regarding retirement planning options. They might offer strategies on the best ways to use Social Security benefits and discuss the rules for dividing retirement accounts and assets.

NBA All-Star seeks child custody

Nevada fans of Indiana Pacer Paul George may be applauding the player for taking his child-rearing responsibility seriously. The star recently filed a petition for sole child custody after the child's New York mother filed her own petition to receive sole custody.

The star stated in February that he would embrace fatherhood if he was determined through a paternity test to be the baby girl's father. Although the child's mother said that a prenatal paternity test a probability of 99.9 percent that George was the biological father, the All-Star is seeking his own test because of misgivings regarding the methodology used in the prenatal test. The star's spokesman said that it is a routine paternity case, but some individuals might find it unusual that an athlete like George would be willing to accept responsibility and support a child who was found legally to be his.

How grandparents can protect their parenting time


If you are a grandparent and you are having difficulty spending time with your grandchildren, you may not be alone. It is not uncommon for adult children to deny parenting time to their parents. The reasons can vary, but they likely revolve around some sort of emotionally charged dispute. For example, there could be some problems over money (or the lack thereof). The grandchild could be “unavailable” because the parent is not receiving financial help.  Or the parent is being vindictive because the grandparents do not approve of their child’s choice of a mate.

Whatever the reason, grandparents have a legal right to spend time with their grandchildren. However, this right does not come automatically.  

How best to deal with missed parenting time

The Fourth of July weekend holiday is quickly approaching. Many people are making a four day weekend out of the holiday. For divorced and separated parents, this could be a tricky time, especially when there is parenting time to be had and the other parent is hardly reliable when it comes to exchanges.

So what is a parent to do if he or she is denied parenting time this weekend? This post will provide some helpful tips.

How to avoid parenting time disputes over the 4th of July holiday

 The Independence Day holiday is coming next week. This means that family barbeques and fireworks celebrations are going to be part of the many activities that families in Las Vegas will be taking part in. With the holiday falling on a Friday, it will be a much-anticipated three day weekend.

However, holidays can be complicated for divorcing and separated parents, as there may be no established rules for parenting time. And during holidays, it is common for parents without a court order to run into problems. For parents in these situations, we offer a few tips to help in avoiding problems. 

Parenting issues that courts may avoid

It’s tough co-parenting with someone you can’t stand. If the other parent has different religious values or parenting styles, it can be nerve wracking to hear about how the kids have been disciplined, or how they have eaten foods that you have forbidden them to eat. Even more disappointing is having to deal with a parent who insists on not being flexible and insistent in their ways despite your pleas for understanding.

In these situations, it is natural to want to seek court intervention. However, there are certain issues that family courts in Nevada simply will not touch. This post will identify them so that you may have an idea of what issues may not see a court ordered remedy.

How divorcing parents can answer kids' questions

Explaining why parents are splitting up, and how the living arrangements will work are often difficult topics to discuss with children. They are often the last to know because parents sometimes don’t know the answers to the tough questions, and they don’t want to break the hearts of those who depend on them. Also they may be afraid of how the children will react; will they withdraw further or come to resent their parents for not working things out.

Also, some may feel as if they are the worst parents in the world for being asked these questions. If you feel this way, you are certainly not alone. This post will identify some of the most common questions kids may ask about your divorce, and provide some helpful tips in answering them. 

Deadly sins to avoid in co-parenting disputes

We hope all of our readers had a wonderful Father’s Day. For many kids, it may just feel like another day with day, but it is much more than that. It is a celebration of the tangible and intangible things that fathers give.  Also, with the Fourth of July holiday on the horizon, it is also an opportunity to remind divorced parents of some of the seven deadly sins that they should avoid in planning for the holiday, as defined by a recent HuffingtonPost.com article.