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How common is domestic violence in Nevada?

Domestic violence is a problem throughout our country. The true reach of the problem may not be fully understood, though, as many victims do not report abuse. Below are some domestic violence statistics for the state of Nevada for 2015.

-- There were 41,413 reported victims of domestic violence. While females accounted for most of the victims, 2,861 men also reported domestic violence.

Approaching child custody disagreements diplomatically

Child support payments are one of the most common areas of disagreement during divorce proceedings. In most cases, the paying spouse wants to pay as little child support as possible and the receiving spouse wants to receive as much child support as possible. The goal of the court is to determine the actual amount of child support that needs to be paid based on the parents' incomes and personal assets.

Nevada child support guidelines offer clear-cut guidance to courts on how to establish the amount of child support a parent should be required to pay based on both parents' incomes and based on how much time the child spends living with each parent. Individual circumstances pertaining to the child -- like education costs, special needs, and the quality of life the child enjoyed during the marriage -- will also come into play and could serve increase or lower the amount of child support he parent needs to pay.

Boy found after being kidnapped by mother

One thing many parents fear is that they'll lose their child. Whether that loss is through an accident or because of another parent taking the child away, some people find that their worst fears do come to pass. When a child is taken against custody arrangements, the person responsible can be charged with parental kidnapping.

This case is a good example of a custody arrangement that went wrong but has a happy ending. According to the news, a child reportedly abducted from Dublin, Nevada, has been returned to his father. The news reports that the father reported his son kidnapped after he was taken from his home at around 7:10 a.m.

2 important facts about Nevada divorces

There are a number of details that apply to the legal aspects of Nevada divorces, which every person considering divorce in this state should be aware of, especially when it comes to high-asset divorce proceedings. This article will discuss two of the most pertinent facts that relate to Nevada divorce proceedings.

Firstly, spouses considering divorce should know that Nevada is a "no-fault" divorce state. What this means is that the majority of divorces are approved on the grounds that both spouses have irreconcilable differences, which have caused the marriage to break down. Spouses might alternatively base their divorces off the fact that they have been separated for at least one year. Although Nevada is a "no-fault" state, however, proving that one of the other spouses was at fault for the divorce could give the other party an advantage when it comes to navigating alimony and property division arrangements. As such, the notion of "fault" should never be completely disregarded.

Back-to-school tips for newly-divorced parents

Back-to-school time is challenging for any parent. However, for newly-divorced parents, handling things like orientation night, permission forms and sign-ups to participate in classroom activities or field trips, can make newly-single parents feel nervous and awkward.

While it may seem like there are a lot of divorced parents in the world, many school activities are still largely geared towards two-parent families -- or at least it can feel that way. The good news is that with the increasing number "non-traditional" families, there is a move to train teachers on how to overcome assumptions about what a "traditional" family is so that kids aren't made to feel uncomfortable about their family.

University of Nevada hosts important domestic violence training

Reno Police Services at the University of Nevada joined forces with the Reno Police Department and other groups to offer a three-day training program on Domestic Violence this week. According to the director of the University of Nevada police, the training had the goal of giving professionals a better understanding of the dynamics and factors surrounding domestic violence so that victims receive the resources and tools they need to deal with the criminal justice system.

Participants of the program received eight hours of training on issues relating to sexual assault and domestic violence investigations. Topics covered included:

Don't forget Social Security spousal benefits in your divorce

In divorces where couples have considerable assets to divide, they may not give much thought to Social Security spousal benefits, even if they're nearing retirement age. Social Security benefits seem complicated enough without factoring divorce into the situation.

However, why not get the benefits that you're entitled to when the time comes? After all, you and your spouse likely will have paid into Social Security for a number of decades.

Do you know how to protect your pet from domestic abuse?

If you have been a victim of domestic abuse, you already know how frightening it can be. It's certain that you would never want to subject a beloved pet to your abuser's violence.

All too often, batterers target their victims' pets with episodes of cruelty and abuse. Some abusers use these tactics as a way to keep their victims firmly under their control. If such is the case in your relationship and you are plotting your escape, you will need to devise a safety plan for your pet as well.

Representing parents in Nevada child custody disagreements

Just because a divorce is complete, that does not mean that court orders relating to child custody will stand forever. Circumstances may change relating to either parent that could warrant the court's reconsideration of a child custody decision.

Always, when considering child custody matters, Nevada family courts will strive to make decisions that support the best interests of the child or children involved. If a parent's situation changes for the worse, for example, like a parent falls into serious addiction problems or is convicted of domestic violence, courts may decide that the children are best served to not have further contact with the parent.

The financial risk of a long trial separation

Some couples who are thinking of getting divorced like to have a trial separation first, giving them a chance to live apart without doing anything to make it legally official. This gives them a better sense of what it's like so they can make a more informed decision.

This can be helpful, but it's important not to let the trial separation last too long without an official legal separation agreement -- even if you don't get divorced.