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Medical marijuana and child custody

In 2000, Nevada became one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana for the treatment of cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, and any medical condition that produces muscle spasms, pain, or severe nausea. To date, 16 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, and it is likely that most states will follow their lead in the near future.

Nevada tops list of domestic violence homicides

A recent study placed Nevada first on a national ranking of the number of women killed by men in domestic violence incidents. The study, which was conducted using 2009 crime data provided by the FBI, showed that 2.7 women were killed by men per every 100,000 Nevada.

Stress of divorce may lead to hair loss in women

A divorce is usually a highly stressful event. Whether this stress comes from the legal aspect of the divorce or the more logistical elements, such as moving or adjusting to sharing custody of your children, it is rarely an easy process. Because women and men generally handle stress differently, it is foreseeable that a divorce would have different effects on each gender. Now, a new study is reporting that one such differing effect is hair loss.

McCourts back in court to settle spousal support dispute

Although the divorce proceedings between Frank and Jamie McCourt, the owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, have already stretched out for several months, there is no indication that the couple or the court will reach a final resolution anytime soon. Potentially stalling the already-long process, the McCourts continue to file court motions as their financial situations change.

With a little work, a child-positive divorce is possible

Some people in Las Vegas, like people in any major city, will be too quick to tell you that no matter what you do, a divorce will be hard on your children. But you can file that piece of conventional wisdom in the "divorce myths" category, right next to "divorce is always expensive" and "divorce is always acrimonious," because relationship experts and therapists say a divorce is not necessarily bad for kids. It takes a little extra work on the part of both you and your spouse, but a divorce that is easy for children to take is definitely a possibility.

After divorce, digital technology can both help and hurt

Following a contested divorce, or even a relatively peaceful split, one of the most difficult tasks for ex-spouses is effectively communicating about their children, their home, financial matters, or anything else that may come up. If talking to an ex-spouse is difficult, technology such as email, texting, or even social media websites like Facebook can make communicating after a divorce much less stressful. However, while these new technologies seem highly beneficial, they may do more harm than good.

Sending children back to school after a divorce

After a divorce has reached its legal conclusion, many spouses think that the hard part is over. For some, this may be true. But for many families, adjusting to life after a split can be much more difficult and stressful than the divorce itself. This is especially true for children, who will now find themselves dividing their time between two households and two new and separate families.