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April 2012 Archives

Domestic violence act goes up for debate

In 1994, Congress passed the first federal law regarding domestic violence in America. At that time, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was a landmark piece of legislation, calling attention to an issue that many people had previously considered to be private family business out of the purview of the justice system. In the years that followed, state and local agencies worked to punish and prevent domestic violence and to offer legal and logistical assistance to the victims of abuse.

Would you ever try "speed divorcing?"

If you have ever filed for divorce in Las Vegas, you know that starting the divorce process can be daunting. There are so many divorce professionals out there - family law attorneys, mediators, financial advisors and the like - that finding the right people to place on your 'divorce team' can be a monumental task. Often, people hire divorce lawyers based on the recommendation of a friend or an online review, only to learn later that the attorney was not the right lawyer for their situation. This can be a costly, time-consuming error.

What is a QDRO? Divorce and retirement

Whether you are young with a retirement account or you are divorcing in the age of retirement, you may have heard of a QDRO. This acronym stands for a Qualified Domestic Relations Order and will impact how your retirement accounts are divided at the time of divorce. The QDRO allows an alternate payee, including a spouse, ex-spouse, child, or another dependent to collect money from your retirement account.

Study: Child's illness does not affect parents' chance of divorce

It has long been believed that the parents of a child who is battling cancer or another terminal disease are more likely to divorce than parents who do not have ill children, due to the added stress, sorrow and financial pressure that often accompany such an illness. But according to a new study, that may not be the case.

Could you be sabotaging your Las Vegas custody case?

It takes little for a child custody case to become a heated, passionate battle over who 'deserves' to have primary custody of the children. In most cases, these emotions come from an honest, genuine place: both parents love their children and want to spend as much time with them as possible.

Did the Las Vegas divorce rate spike last month?

If you were asked which month you thought had the highest rate of divorce, what would you say? January, as resolution month, seems logical, as does September, another month that commonly carries a feeling of new beginnings. But according to a new survey, March actually has a higher divorce rate than any other month of the year, which many of our Las Vegas blog readers will likely find surprising.

Temporary orders can keep the peace during a divorce case

For Las Vegas couples who are going through a bitter divorce, one of the most difficult aspects of the split can be the sheer amount of time the entire process takes. Most cases can take several months, if not years, to be heard in family court, and even longer for a judge to issue a final divorce decree. So what are divorcing couples supposed to do in the meantime?

Dividing military pension benefits in a Nevada divorce

Will your military pension or a soon-to-be ex-spouse's military pension be subject to division in your divorce? Generally, yes -- to the extent of the benefits that accrued during the marriage. In a community property state such as Nevada, this would mean that a military pension valued at $200,000 (all of which accrued during the marriage) would usually be split 50/50 in a divorce. If only $100,000 of that amount accrued during the marriage, however, then the non-military spouse would usually be awarded about $50,000.

Living together before marriage now less predictive of divorce

Once upon a time, conventional wisdom said that couples that lived together before getting married were also more likely to get a divorce. But times are different now, right? Apparently yes, at least according to the results of a new government-sponsored marriage survey taken by more than 22,000 men and women in Las Vegas, Nevada and nationwide.