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What if I co-mingled my inheritance money with marital assets?

In the state of Nevada, inheritance money falls under the category of "separate property." It's not subject to asset division during a divorce, unless the spouse who received the inheritance co-mingled it with marital assets. Co-mingling of an inheritance happens when you deposit your inheritance money into a joint marital account, or when you use the money to benefit both you and your spouse or your family.

It's challenging and unclear to determine what part of a co-mingled inheritance is yours and what part belongs to the marital estate. From a logical perspective, this is why Nevada family law courts tend to view co-mingled inheritance money as a part of the marital estate. However, depending on your situation, you might be able to save some of your co-mingled inheritance money.

Making sense of the legal separation filing process in Las Vegas

When a couple decides to pull the plug on their relationship, it's not all that uncommon that there may be hurt feelings between the pair which may, in turn, cause there to be legal wrangling involving financial matters, rights to housing, and other issues. It's during this time that couples can easily fall into the trap of assuming that no formalized agreement needs to be put in place to document this new chapter in their lives.

If you and your spouse have children, only one spouse works outside the home, or you share property or finances, these are just some of the many reasons you'll want to seek to file for legal separation in your case. Also known as a separate maintenance, this type agreement is a legally binding document outlining a temporarily enforceable road map couples can follow until their divorce is done being negotiated.

When will a judge award primary physical custody?

Sometimes parents can't come to agreement on who will receive primary custody of the children. If you're in a battle over custody like this, and you want to make sure you retain your custodial rights, you may want to review what the law says about the matter. This article will review the usual circumstances under which a judge will award primary physical custody to just one parent.

A Nevada judge can give primary physical custody to only one parent, or split the physical custody between both parents. In most cases, when a judge awards primary physical custody to one parent, the following circumstances may be true:

Planning for summer vacation as divorced parents

Now that spring break is nearly over, divorced parents are likely turning their attention to summer vacation. If you haven't already made plans, now is the time to do so.

Experienced family law attorneys will likely advise you to make a detailed a parenting plan that includes how the two of you are going to deal with your children's vacation time, including summer vacation.

Dividing a business during Las Vegas divorce proceedings

The longer a couple is married, the more assets they acquire during their marriage. When the marital estate involves different kinds of assets, like bank accounts, investment accounts, businesses, multiple real estate properties and multiple vehicles, the process of dividing these assets can become very complicated.

At the Kainen Law Group, we help Las Vegas spouses navigate the complexity of finding fair solutions in their asset division proceedings. One often difficult area for spouses to come to agreement on is the division of a privately owned business.

Stopping domestic violence in your life

Stopping domestic violence in your life is a lot easier from a technical and legal perspective than it is from a psychological perspective. Indeed, when you're involved in a love union with your abuser, you'll face a mix of very complicated emotions. For this reason, the first step you need to take to put the abuse to a stop may be to seek help from a mental health counselor.

When you're psychologically prepared to put your abuse to a stop, it's time to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline or contact a local domestic violence help organization. Instead of simply calling the police, you'll want to create a plan for you and your family's safety. You may also want to join a support group for domestic violence victims.

Nevada Attorney General Laxalt takes aim at domestic violence

As we've discussed here before, Nevada has the unfortunate distinction of being among the states with the most domestic violence-related homicides. In the last year for which data is available, we ranked third in the nation.

Attorney General Adam Laxalt has proposed three bills (one in the Assembly and two in the Senate) in an effort to decrease the number of homicides caused by domestic abusers. These homicide victims are not just romantic partners or the other intended target, but family members, friends and sometimes even law enforcement officers called to the scene. Nevada's Assistant Attorney General Wesley Duncan noted, "Domestic violence is something that touches the very rural parts and the metropolitan parts of our state."

Why are second marriages more likely to end than first ones?

It might seem obvious that people who are divorced would have learned some lessons about themselves and what they want from marriage that would make their next union successful. However, statistics show that second and subsequent marriages are more likely to end in divorce than first ones.

Why is that? Marriage therapists agree on several reasons why that is the case.

Alleged child neglect could cause a mother to lose custody

Nevada parents who are convicted of child neglect could lose their parental rights to their children. In fact, if police suspect that a child is being neglected, it's not uncommon for them to take the child into custody and deliver him or her to the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services. Once this happens, a parent could face legal challenges in getting the child returned -- especially if the parent is being held in jail.

In a recent case, a 28-year-old Nevada mother was arrested on the suspicion that she abandoned her baby in an unlocked, running vehicle while she went to gamble in a casino. As of March 14, the mother was at the Elko County jail, being held on bail of $100,000.