Amidst all of the confusing terms and concepts that are found in most Las Vegas divorce decrees, it seems that "child custody" should be one of the simplest and most straight-forward. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Nevada family court judges usually distinguish between "physical custody" and "legal custody" when making their child custody determination, and each means something completely different.
Earlier this week, supermodel and reality TV host Heidi Klum and singer Seal confirmed media speculation by announcing that they were planning to end their marriage. The divorce announcement came as a shock to many who saw the marriage as one full of happiness and love.
For many decades, Americans have placed a high value on marriage, believing that it is important (if not essential) to the health and happiness of Americans and families. But with the increasing number of couples who are choosing to cohabitate instead of getting married, researcher sought to determine whether our long-held beliefs about the benefits of marriage were accurate. Surprisingly, they found that cohabitation at least as many, if not more positive effects on health and happiness.
When professional skier Lindsey Vonn announced that she and her husband of four years were getting a divorce, many speculated that the split would significantly affect both her skiing and her career. Well, those naysayers were right - but not in the way that they anticipated.
What if, when you were a teenager, your parents came to you and told you that the man who you had thought was your father for your whole life was actually not biologically related to you? And that your actual father was someone with whom your mother had had a years-long affair around the time that you were born? Would you be able to handle this news? Or do you think it would cause you lasting psychological damage?
Often, when couples are nearing the possible end of their marriage, they decide to live separately for some time to see whether they would be better off divorced. This is usually referred to as a trial separation, and is done informally with no legal intervention. However, spouses who are still on the fence about divorce may want to make their split formal with a legal separation.
Just a few weeks ago, we wrote a blog post about divorcing in a difficult economy such as the one we are currently in. Specifically, we discussed a study reporting that for every 1 percent increase in the unemployment rate, the divorce rate decreases by 1 percent. This is likely because couples simply cannot afford to get a divorce, to pay the legal fees associated with it or to divide their household into two. You can visit our Las Vegas divorce blog post on that topic for more information.
Although most people consider their pets to be members of the family, the law, unfortunately, still sees them as property. So when couples divorce, Las Vegas family court judges will award the family pet much like they will award the living room sofa or the big-screen television. But unlike the couch or the TV, a pet is a living, breathing animal that requires care, and many judges will actually make something similar to a child custody order when determining the custody of the pet.