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House bill would protect child custody rights of military members

Members of the Armed Forces sacrifice a great deal to protect our nation, even in times of peace. Deployed in an increasingly hostile world, however, they are asked to risk even more. Yet despite the great sacrifices and dangers that our service members make and face every day, military deployments are frequently used against them in child custody rulings issued by courts in Nevada and nationwide.

FInancial and investment issues to consider in divorce

There are many decisions that need to be made during the divorce process. Because today's decisions will impact your future, this is not the time to put financial decisions on the backburner. In community property states such as Nevada, most property acquired during a marriage, excluding gifts and inheritances, is jointly owned by both spouses and is divided upon divorce, annulment or death.

Father ordered to pay child support for twins born via IVF

If you read the title of this article, you may be wondering why this story justifies a post in our Las Vegas family law blog. It seems fairly common: a father was ordered to pay child support for twin children that were born via in vitro fertilization (IVF) while he was still married to the children's mother.

Las Vegas divorce and property division: hidden assets

Hidden assets are not a major concern in most Nevada divorce cases. There are of critical concern and frequently an issue, however, in high-asset divorce cases that involve complex financial assets.

Emotional and psychological abuse as domestic violence, part two

Last week, we started to discuss emotional and psychological abuse as forms of domestic violence in a general way. This week, we'd like to give that conversation a more practical focus by talking about specific kinds of emotionally and psychologically damaging behavior and how these forms of domestic violence tend to play out in Las Vegas and Nevada family law cases.

Emotional and psychological abuse as domestic violence, part one

Acts of domestic violence often trigger the decision to get a divorce. Prior acts of domestic violence also have a huge impact on the divorce-related issues of child custody and visitation. Mention the term "domestic violence," however, and most Las Vegas residents will think only about physical violence committed by men against women. Yet according to many organizations and individuals who have worked on this issue, emotional and psychological abuse is both the worst type and most common type of domestic violence affecting women and children today.

Will smoking stack the odds against you in a child custody case?

Although the state of Nevada and the Las Vegas area in particular are more tolerant of smoking than other places in the U.S., its family courts may not be. That's the trend anyway, as evidenced by a recent survey of child custody cases involving tobacco use conducted by the anti-tobacco advocacy group Action on Smoking and Health.

Considering a split? Why a legal separation might be right

If you are thinking about ending your marriage, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices and decisions facing you. Should you file for divorce, dissolution or legal separation? Joint or sole physical custody? Joint legal custody? Child support, alimony, or a lump sum payment? Sell the house and divide the proceeds or keep it? Who should get the car, the piano, the jewelry?