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What's behind the 'gray divorce' phenomenon?

While the overall divorce rate in the U.S. has been declining, "gray divorce" is on the rise, accounting for about a quarter of all divorces. A half century ago, less than 3 percent of people in this country over 50 were divorced. Currently, more than 15 percent of people in that age group have ended their marriages.

The overall acceptance of divorce is no doubt one reason for this phenomenon. Further, by the time many people reach their senior years, they've already been through one or two divorces. That puts them at greater risk for yet another one.

Can my Facebook account be used against me in divorce?

Information pulled off Facebook is a new evidentiary tool used by divorce lawyers to give their clients advantages during divorce proceedings. Information from social media can become pivotal in high asset divorce, child custody and alimony cases these days. As such, individuals may want to protect themselves.

Divorce-related evidence that lawyers may use in divorce proceedings includes information taken off an individual's Facebook history relating to his or her whereabouts, photos and real-world social activities. Perhaps the worst issue relating to Facebook is the fact that many individuals feel that their social media publications are private, or that flirting online is different from flirting in real life. However, all this can affect one's divorce.

Shootings at Las Vegas airport called 'domestic violence'

Many people think of domestic violence as something that happens behind closed doors in the home. However, it often spills over into neighbors' and friends' homes, the workplace and very public locations.

Police say that's what happened just before 6 p.m. on Sept. 19, when a man shot his estranged wife and the man who was with her at Las Vegas's McCarran International Airport. The two victims were on the top level of a long-term parking structure at the airport, walking towards a vehicle, when they were shot, according to law enforcement.

Are you in danger of falling behind on child support payments?

Las Vegas fathers and mothers who need to pay child support are generally eager to provide for their children in this fashion. However, in some cases, life situations change and the paying parent's income or source of funds can get interrupted. Job losses, job changes, or sudden expenses could happen unexpectedly to hinder a parent's ability to pay the child support he or she owes.

Unfortunately, society sometimes tries to brand parents who stop paying child support as "deadbeats." However, it is actually rare for an individual to ignore the needs of his or her children for selfish reasons. In our experience at Kainen Law Group, most cases that involve a parent who is behind on child support happen not because the parent wants to stop helping his or her children but because of tough financial circumstances that are out of his or her control.

Shelter for animals of domestic violence victims coming to Reno

Many perpetrators of domestic violence don't limit their assaults to their spouse or significant others. Often they harm their victims' beloved pets to further torture their victims or get them to return home if they do leave. The director of one Las Vegas shelter says she's heard gruesome stories of how "abusers leveraged the pet against (the victim)."

People remain in abusive relationships for a number of reasons. One of those is fear of what will happen to their pets if they leave. Only 3 percent of all shelters for victims of domestic violence nationwide accept pets.

Advice for single parents following a divorce

Divorced Nevada parents will generally have a lot of questions about single parenting methods that will benefit their children. In fact, parents are well-served to study up on single parenting advice to ensure their children are not hurt by their divorces. In the meantime, however, the following simple pieces of advice will be very helpful to newly single parents.

First, parents are advised that consistency is key. Creating a stable home life after divorce is very important for children, who will now be going back and forth to their different houses. Having a set structure and schedule for rules, bedtimes, curfews and time for video games is essential to helping children feel psychologically safe and emotionally stable.

Know your rights when you're divorcing someone in the military

If you're married to someone in the military and you're contemplating divorce (or your spouse is), it's essential to know your legal rights and what benefits you and your children are entitled to receive.

Military retired pay is an important factor. Many people believe that a military spouse can only receive a portion of that money if the couple was married for 10 years or more. That is the minimum for a former spouse to receive direct payments from the Department of Defense, and the servicemember must have been in the military for those 10 years.

Is there an alternative solution to a prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is not something that is easily brought up with your soon-to-be spouse. In fact, many Nevada residents are shy to bring up the need or desire for a prenuptial agreement because they're afraid it will make them seem distrustful or selfish. In fact, this is not the way future spouses should view prenuptial agreements, but instances where a prenup is impossible, future spouses may want to consider setting up an Asset Protection Trust.

An Asset Protection Trust does not require the other spouse to agree to it. As such, it can be created confidentially without any involvement of the other spouse. For this reason, the Asset Protection Trust could be a great alternative to a prenuptial agreement, especially for those who have specific assets they want to protect from the possibility of being divided in the event of a future divorce.

The effects of domestic violence on children and their classmates

We all know that domestic violence can have a serious impact on children, even if they aren't the direct victims of the violence. Witnessing it in the home between their parents or other adults can cause emotional and behavioral issues that can impact the rest of their lives.

The problem goes beyond the roughly 10 to 20 percent of kids who live in households where there's violence, however. It can impact their classmates as well, according to counselors and teachers. Research has backed this up as well.

What are the legal causes of divorce in Nevada?

Under Chapter 125, Dissolution of Marriage, Nevada law offers three causes for divorce by which Nevada spouses will be granted the dissolution of their marriages. Whenever a spouse seeking divorce comes to a Las Vegas family law attorney, the attorney will ask a series of questions to determine which of these causes of actions the particular divorce will fall under. This article will discuss those causes of action exactly as the law describes them.

The first, and most common reason for divorce, is incompatibility. This is the catch-all category that literally can apply to nearly any situation. If two individuals -- or if only one side of the marriage -- comes to the realization that he or she is no longer compatible with the other spouse, then the individual is well within his or her rights to file for divorce. That divorce will eventually be granted, even if the other spouse doesn't agree that the pair is incompatible.