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Maloof divorce grows contentious

When Las Vegas hotelier Adrienne Maloof and her husband, plastic surgeon Paul Nassif, were shown on the reality TV show "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," they were often seen bickering, but generally seemed to have a relatively happy marriage. However, that was apparently not the case, as has been made clear by their highly contentious divorce battle.

Could parents' divorce cause child's future health issues?

It is not difficult to imagine that a man whose parents divorced when he was young could experience some significant emotional or psychological issues as a result of that split, such as a difficulty trusting or being intimate with someone else, or feelings of inadequacy. But could a child whose parents divorce also be at an increased risk of physical health issues as a result of that split? A new study seems to indicate that yes, parental divorce could lead to significant health issues for their children later on in life.

Bristol Palin's child custody case is closed

Although their son is three years old, it was only earlier this month that the child custody case between Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston was finally closed. But the closure is not necessarily the result of the parties reaching an agreement about how they want to share custody of and raise their son, Tripp. According to family court records, the case was closed because of a "lack of activity."

In child custody, technology can both help and hurt

Las Vegas parents who are separated or divorced know that it can be very difficult to effectively communicate with your child's other parent. Not only must you overcome the traditional barriers of misunderstanding and miscommunication, but you are also often in a situation rife with anger, resentment, guilt, frustration and sadness. These emotions can easily get in the way of positive, child-centered communication, with an overall negative effect on your children and your family.

Nevada lawmaker denies committing domestic assault

A federal lawmaker from Nevada is denying allegations that he assaulted his first wife during their brief marriage in the 1980s. The documents that falsely accuse him of domestic abuse were, he says, provided by a political opponent in an effort to unseat him from his current position in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Study: One-on-one time with father leads to higher self-esteem

Following a long-term study of 200 families in Nevada and across the country, researchers have concluded that teenagers who spend more time alone with their fathers have higher self-esteem than those who do not. In addition, teens who spend more time with their dads in group settings tend to have better social skills. The study did not specifically examine the effects of divorce on these findings, however, so it will be interesting to see if additional research is done on the topic and what its results are.

Postnuptial agreements are on the rise in Las Vegas

Recently on our Las Vegas family law blog, we wrote a post detailing the benefits of prenuptial agreements, advising our readers to consider creating one before getting married, even if they don't anticipate any divorce or property division issues arising in the future. But despite those potential benefits, many couples hesitate to bring up the topic of prenups prior to walking down the aisle, believing them to be unromantic and pessimistic.