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What do Facebook and Twitter have in Common with your Divorce?

What do Facebook and Twitter have in Common with your Divorce?

wife catches husband's compromising facebook postsYes. It’s come to that. Postings on social media have found their way into divorce court. For instance, in 2011, according to a survey conducted by divorce-online, the word “Facebook” was found in one-third of divorce filings in 2011. One-third!

In our own attorney office, clients often mention that they discovered misrepresentation on the part of their spouse, or discovered that their spouse was cheating, by scrolling Facebook posts. We have used such postings as evidence in annulment filings with much success to disprove a Defendant.

Facebook has also been used to disprove a spouse who files a change in circumstances in an attempt to lower alimony or child support payments. Jeff (not his real name) tried to reduce his alimony and child support payments by filing a change in circumstance but Jane (his wife) found photos of him on a recent vacation in Hawai’i with his new love interest, along with posts talking about all the great places they visited and the great restaurants they ate at while in Hawai’i . It was difficult for Jeff to support his claim of new poverty when the photos and posts were disclosed to the court. In fact, impossible. He lost.

It’s definitely something to pay attention to: according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, more than 80 percent of U.S. divorce attorneys say social networking in divorce proceedings is on the rise.

Are you in, or about to embark upon, a potentially contested divorce or annulment? Do the following:

  • Delete any compromising posts on Facebook. A photo of you at a once-a-year office party holding a cocktail and looking a little tipsy, and with a long list of “funny” comments from friends just below it, could turn into “s/he gets drunk all the time.”
  • Have you been sending flirty texts, even just in fun to friends of the opposite sex? Delete!
  • What have you been tweeting?
  • Go through all and any photo albums you have online and delete any compromising-looking photos. Are you hugging so-and-so real tight? You might think, oh that’s just my platonic friend Paul/a, that one’s okay. No, not okay. Delete
  • Go through all Facebook albums, photobucket, Instagram, just anywhere at all you have posted photos of yourself and look at them as if you were a judge in a divorce trial looking at the photos. What would you think?
  • Go through your friends’ timelines too and ask them to delete any compromising posts about you.
  • Go through your phone, and delete, delete, delete, any conversations except the most innocuous ones. Clients tell us every day how they got into their spouse’s phone and printed compromising texts…which we have used as evidence.

So, to reiterate, just go through each and every place you’ve ever posted anything online, go through your Facebook friends’ timelines. Bottom line is, DELETE anything and everything that could possibly be misconstrued. Sure, you could possibly discredit it later, but at what financial and emotional cost? One of the first things we tell a client about to embark upon a possibly contested divorce or annulment is, delete, delete, and delete, anything and everything with even just the slightest chance of being considered controversial. Did I mention DELETE?

If you want more divorce advice, or help getting a low cost divorce in Las Vegas, Nevada with quality legal representation, go to our Nevada divorce website.

Author: Attorney James E. Smith — http://nevadadivorce.org/about_nevada_divorce.htm

 

5 Reasons Why you Might Want to Reconsider Filing your Own Divorce

5 Reasons Why you Might Want to Reconsider Filing your Own Divorce

As you know, you have every right to represent yourself in any court of law, including Family Court, where divorces are typically filed. What some forget or don’t even realize at the outset, however, is that if you choose to represent yourself, the Court expects you to follow the same court rules and procedures that an attorney follows.  In other words, the court expects you to know what you’re doing. The court clerk will not tell you what must be filed and when. You’re on your own.

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Should you handle your own divorce?

It’s a question that plagues many potential pro se (filing a legal matter on one’s own behalf) divorce litigants – should I file my own divorce? It sounds enticing and sounds like you could save money. After all, divorce forms can be obtained from the court and the Internet has many offers from typing services who type up divorce documents for a fee. And they make it sound easy.

As you contemplate handling your own divorce, keep the following in mind:

1)     If you are contemplating filing your own divorce, it’s most likely because you think you will save money. In fact, what often occurs instead, is expensive post-divorce litigation and motions which end up costing you more money than if you had retained an attorney in the first place. It is a known fact that because of bad drafting of the language in the final decree of divorce, many people end up coming back to court to fix things.

2)     You might decide to file on your own and then retain an attorney only if you run into problems. This never saves you money. In fact, attorneys typically charge either the same to take over an in-progress case as if handling the case from the beginning, or charge more because it’s often more work to review everything and fix what’s wrong than to do it right from the beginning.

3)     You are only doing your divorce once whereas an experienced attorney has done divorces hundreds of times.  Understanding “legalese” language, anticipating problems and taking care of them before they occur as well as making sure your rights and obligations are safeguarded can better be done by an objective professional than by you caught in the midst of an emotionally-charged situation.

4)     Understanding civil procedure, local rules of the court, and rules of evidence are difficult and the Judges are not allowed to give any slack to people representing themselves.  Also, the law clerks and court clerks are prohibited from giving legal advice which makes it difficult for someone representing themselves, not trained in the law, to process a case from start to finish without encountering obstacles along the way.

5)     You can buy your divorce forms online, however, because those are generally prepared by document-typing companies who don’t keep up with local laws that closely, they are often rejected by the court. Once you finally have the completed documents in hand, there is still the court process to contend with. If the documents were improperly prepared, the court will reject them and mail them back to you. You could be going along thinking that all is fine and weeks later get a fat envelope from the court containing all of your rejected documents. And you have to start all over. Sure, the company will fix the documents if they are rejected, but you are the one who has to handle all the logistics of that and the one who has to return to court to file them again, the one who has to wait again to see if the new documents will be accepted or rejected.

Do you have the kind of time and patience to deal with the above when filing your own divorce? Are you able to take the time off work to deal with it properly?  If you answered “no,” to even just one of these questions, you really need to re-consider whether filing on your own is the right solution for you.

  • How much time do you estimate filing your own divorce will take you?
  • How much do you make per hour now?

If you have never filed a divorce before, have never dealt with Family Court and know nothing about it, it is estimated that you will spend  approximately 40 hours handling the entire process, provided there are no errors made and you only need to go to the courthouse once to file your documents. If you have to go back to court because of errors in the final Decree of Divorce, there is no telling how much more time you will have to spend on fixing these errors.

Only you can answer the question “is it worth filing my divorce on my own?”

If you have questions about obtaining a Nevada divorce you can contact us.

 

 

   

Author: Attorney James E. Smith — http://nevadadivorce.org/about

What is an Annulment?

What is an Annulment?

annulmentsmallWhat is an annulment and how does it differ from a divorce? In simple terms, the granting of an annulment renders a marriage null and void and of no legal consequence to the parties.

In many states, such as in Nevada, marriages are void ab initio, meaning from the very beginning of the marriage, so from a legal standpoint, it’s as if the parties had never married in the first place.

In some states, marriages are annulled from the time of the granting of the decree of annulment instead of from the beginning of the marriage. This is especially true when there are issues such as community property, debt, children alimony, tax or retirement issues which may cause complications or prejudice. In such cases, judges, even in Nevada, might be inclined to grant an annulment as of the time of the Decree.

A man and woman are upset with each other.

Nevadadivorce.org can help you get both an annulment or a divorce, depending on what you need.

Granting an annulment from the time of the decree instead of from the beginning of the marriage recognizes a legal relationship between the parties for the duration of the marriage, just as in a divorce.

Some marriages are automatically null and void – such as when one of the parties was already married to someone else at the time of the marriage being annulled – however, an annulment must still be filed to legally establish the fact that the marriage was null and void. Otherwise, it’s just say so and it will regarded as a bigamous marriage.

Some religious bodies, such as the Catholic Church, do not recognize a civil annulment, so the parties must still go through the process of annulling their marriage through their church if they wish to remarry in the Church.  For instance, catholic annulments follow Cannon Law and not Civil Law. A marriage obtained through a church, such as the Catholic Church must still be legally dissolved through a civil annulment or a divorce.

If you need a divorce or more information about obtaining a Nevada divorce please go here: http://nevadadivorce.org

If you need an annulment or more information about obtaining an annulment in Nevada please go here: http://nevadaannulment.org.

Author: Attorney James E. Smith — http://nevadadivorce.org/about_nevada_divorce.htm

9 Key Questions to Ask When Hiring A Nevada Divorce Attorney

There is no substitute for experience when it comes to your Nevada divorce attorney. However, retaining an attorney is a very personal thing. This individual could questions_asking_divorce_attorneyend up knowing the most private things about you, so you want someone with lots of integrity and experience, but also with other attributes.  Ask the attorney or the attorney’s staff the following questions:

1. How many cases of my type has the attorney handled?
You want an attorney who has represented clients in many cases exactly like, or very similar to, your own. In other words, you don’t really want your attorney to be learning as he or she handles your case. If you are paying by the hour, for one, it would end up cost you more, and for another, a non-experienced Nevada divorce attorney could miss things that a more experienced one will spot.

2. How well does your attorney and the attorney’s staff communicate with you?
A good Nevada divorce lawyer knows how to communicate.  Does the attorney and his staff write well? Are you easily able to understand what they say in emails or other written communication with you? Chances are that this same style will be used in documents filed with the Nevada Divorce Court so pay attention to this.

3. Are you comfortable in your dealings with the attorney and his or her staff?
A good Nevada divorce attorney for you is one with whom you are comfortable. Does the attorney or the attorney’s staff, make you feel ill at ease? Do you feel like you’re not much of a priority when you interact with them? With the next chapter of your life at stake, you don’t have time to deal with additional emotional clutter brought on by feelings of lack of trust or insecurity when you deal with the attorney and the legal staff.

4. Can you ask and get a flat fee if your case is uncontested?
Some lawyers will charge a flat fee, based on certain tasks and court filings typically expected for an uncontested divorce. You should ask for this if your spouse is not contesting your divorce. If you have a contested matter, ask how much the retainer is, but also ask if there is a difference between the hourly fee charged against the retainer when the attorney is working on your case outside court,  and when the attorney is in court on your behalf. Ask for an estimated fee for the whole case, based on similar previous cases. Are there any refunds ever? Is there a payment plan available? How are payments broken down?

5. Does the attorney have personal experience with the family law arena?
Has the attorney been married and, or, divorced?  Does the attorney have children?  Lawyers are human beings too, breathing and bleeding like everyone else.  A divorce lawyer with personal experience in the family law arena is likely to have more empathy for you than an attorney who has never experienced a divorce.

6. Should you retain a male or female lawyer?
A man or a woman lawyer does not make a difference.  A good lawyer can represent either gender.  Men’s attorneys or women’s attorneys tend to use this as a marketing gimmick more than actually doing a more effective job for their male or female clients. Ask whether the  attorney is comfortable representing a man (or woman)?  Ask if he or she can refer you to a good lawyer who is a man (woman)?

7. In a contested divorce, you should ask if the attorney is friends with your spouse’s attorney.
This isn’t supposed to matter, but you will most likely feel more comfortable knowing that your attorney and your spouse’s attorney don’t hang out together socially. In all likelihood, it wouldn’t affect your case, as attorneys are bound to represent you to the best of their ability and besides, the competitive instinct is sure to kick in when faced with an attorney friend in the courtroom, however, you might always wonder if the friendship had something to do with it if things don’t go your way completely.  Yet one more additional thing you do not need on your emotional plate during your divorce.

 8. Can your Nevada divorce attorney ethically represent both you and your spouse?
An attorney can represent both parties in a joint petition divorce. Should something happen along the way and one or the other of you decide to no longer pursue a joint petition divorce, the attorney cannot ethically continue to represent either of you in a one-signature divorce if he or she has had direct contact with both spouses. If the attorney and the staff have only been in contact with you alone, then in certain cases, this same attorney can continue to represent you only in a one-signature divorce.

9. How aggressive is the attorney?
A skilled Nevada divorce attorney, one who knows how to negotiate and mediate is often better than an aggressive trial lawyer. So, ask the attorney if he or she tries the negotiation route before aggressively attacking the other side, which only makes them want to become much more aggressive in return. Also, when you mediate, you come out of the divorce feeling less acrimonious towards your spouse and usually with more money left in your pocket.

All in all, just ask as many questions as come to mind and do follow your instincts. Don’t hire an attorney who makes you feel uncomfortable just because you heard that he or she is a really good attorney. You want experience and talent, yes, but if you feel uncomfortable sharing your situation with the attorney, it will make an unpleasant situation (getting a divorce) worse; at the least, you should feel better having the attorney you retain on your side.

Author: Attorney James E. Smith — http://nevadadivorce.org/about_nevada_divorce.htm

The Who Pays and How Much of Spousal Support and Alimony

The Who Pays and How Much of Spousal Support and Alimony

alimony_spousal_supportYou live in Nevada, and you’re about to get a divorce. You’ve been married a few years and your spouse earns somewhat less than you, or stayed at home to raise your children or because you didn’t need two incomes.

Now that you are getting a divorce, you wonder if you’ll have to pay spousal support or alimony. And for the sake of clarification, know that spousal support is what is paid before the divorce is granted (usually ordered as part of a legal separation settlement), and alimony is what is paid after the divorce.

In Nevada, the statutes list only things a judge will take under consideration when deciding whether or not to grant spousal support or alimony. There is no actual, “set in stone” table to follow based on income like we find for child support.

Below is a partial list of things the judge will look at when deciding whether or not to grant support or alimony. Each and every situation is different, so some of these may or may not matter, and other things in addition, or instead of, these might come into play:

  • The financial condition of each spouse
  • The nature and value of the respective property of each spouse
  • The contribution of each spouse to any property held by the spouses pursuant to NRS 123.030
  • The duration of the marriage
  • The income, earning capacity, age and health of each spouse
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • The career before the marriage of the spouse who would receive the alimony
  • The existence of specialized education or training or the level of marketable skills attained by each spouse during the marriage
  • The contribution of either spouse as homemaker
  • The physical and mental condition of each party as it relates to the financial condition, health and ability to work of that spouse

In some cases, in lieu of, or in addition to, the Nevada court might grant alimony or support  to a spouse for the purpose of obtaining training or education in order to attain new employment, or better employment.

  • Whether the spouse who would pay such alimony has obtained greater job skills or education during the marriage
  • Whether the spouse who would receive such alimony provided financial support while the other spouse obtained job skills or education
  • Whether the spouse who would receive alimony would be in severe financial straits after the divorce without further job training

Should alimony be granted for the purposes of education or training, more often than not, the judge will also order that the spouse getting the alimony start the training within a specified amount of time after the granting of the alimony. And more often than not, there is a reasonable time limit placed on it, usually for the length of time it takes the spouse to train or retrain.

Author: Nevada Divorce Attorney James E. Smith — http://nevadadivorce.org/about_nevada_divorce.htm

What is Collaborative Divorce (mediated divorce)?

mediationA collaborative divorce entails the divorcing couple meeting with a licensed mediator (oftentimes a divorce attorney) in order to fairly divide property, as well as to decide issues of child custody, visitation, and child support. This type of divorce is also known as a Mediated Divorce.

A mediator is obligated to keep a neutral position by only talking to both parties at the same time, all the time, except perhaps when scheduling a mediation session. This way, you can feel confident that you know everything being addressed and that you didn’t miss out on something the mediator might have told your spouse.

Discussing issues of child visitation, physical custody, and child support often proves difficult for couples about to divorce. Having an experienced, licensed, third party present (the mediator) to guide the discussions and to answer questions about divorce laws and what is customary in a Nevada Family court goes a long way in helping keep things civil and fair throughout the divorce process.

Other issues usually addressed during mediation are property and debt division, as well retirement accounts, if any, which come into play for longer-term marriages. The idea here is to come out of the mediation (and ultimately the divorce) feeling that the community property and debts (and retirement money) were divided fairly between you and your spouse based on your particular circumstances, rather than having it awarded to you in a manner you feel is unfair by a divorce trial judge who knows nothing of your personal circumstances.

You could say that the goal of a collaborative or mediated divorce is to defuse the acrimony that often enters divorce negotiations – without mediation, a tense situation holds potential for a much worse outcome than necessary for all involved: you, your spouse, and your children.

Though this should be the least thing you consider when you make important decisions during your divorce, you do save a lot of money, compared to a divorce trial, when you choose to collaborate your divorce. No one benefits from paying exorbitant attorney fees for a divorce trial (except the attorneys).

So, if you have children with the spouse you are divorcing and you own property and debts together, and cannot agree on your own on how to divide everything, or you simply feel unsure of what is fair, give serious consideration to using the services of a mediator before moving forward with your divorce in Nevada (or in the state in which you reside).

In a large majority of the collaborative divorces this office has facilitated, all issues get resolved in just one session, and represents large savings to the divorcing couple.
Bottom line is that a collaborative divorce allows the couple to divorce with as little friction as possible and go on with their lives with little to no hard feelings toward one another (especially important if you are still raising children together).

Visit our collaborative divorce in Nevada page for more details on collaborative divorce.

Author: Attorney James E. Smith — http://nevadadivorce.org/about_nevada_divorce.htm

Getting a Divorce? Why a Divorce in Vegas Could Be Your Best and Easiest Option

wall and opened to sky door on a white backgroundYou’ll find about as many myths about obtaining a divorce in Vegas as you’ll find about the famous people who divorced in Vegas. Still, it’s not a myth that, once you get past establishing residency in Nevada (we’ll discuss that here too), it actually DOES happen to be one of the best and easiest options for filing a divorce in the U.S.

You see, once you become a resident, a divorce in Vegas takes just WEEKS to finalize, usually one to two weeks, rarely more than three, when both you and your spouse sign the divorce documents.

Compare this to California, for instance, where it takes a minimum of six months after filing a divorce to get a final Decree of Divorce: even when both parties sign! Or North Carolina, where it takes a minimum of three months after filing the divorce to get a final decree but only after the parties have been separated for a minimum of one year, another requirement in that state. You’re now talking a minimum of 15 months to get a simple divorce!

Most states require parties to live in the state for a minimum of six months to be considered a resident of that state, adding to the length of the divorce if the parties who wish to file the divorce have only recently moved to that state. Not Nevada where it only takes six weeks of living in the state to be considered a resident.
Comparatively speaking then, a divorce in Vegas takes no time at all, even taking into consideration having to establish residency if you don’t already live in Vegas (or somewhere else in Nevada).

Another factor that simplifies a divorce in Vegas is the fact that Nevada is a no-fault state for divorce, meaning that incompatibility is accepted as a valid reason for filing a divorce in Nevada, which allows a couple to divorce without being forced to wash their dirty laundry publicly, so to speak. Speaking of which, some Nevada family court judges do agree that divorce files can be sealed, another plus, since divorce filings are considered public records. Many states do not allow this at all.

Also, when both parties agree to all the terms of the divorce and both are willing to sign, a Joint Petition for Divorce can be filed, another factor that makes a divorce in Vegas faster and less expensive.

Once a final Decree of Divorce has been issued, either party is free to re-marry as early as the next day! Unlike many other states, there is NO waiting period in Nevada, another factor that attracts divorce candidates to file a divorce in Vegas.

So, with the really short residency requirement period, the no-fault divorce, the Joint Petition, and the really quick-to-obtain final decree, no wonder folks looking for a simple, amicable parting of the ways flock to Vegas (or Reno) to divorce.

If only one party signs the divorce documents because the other party just refuses to sign (but will not contest), your uncontested divorce in Vegas will take anywhere from six weeks to 24 weeks, depending on where in the world the Defendant lives and how easy or difficult it is to serve the Defendant with the divorce documents. This is still a much shorter period than in most other states.

Be sure to properly establish residency if you’re going to file a divorce in Vegas. Normally, if both parties sign, the court does not question properly done divorce documents. Neither does the court normally question your residency so long as you file a Resident Witness Affidavit along with your divorce documents.

The Resident Witness Affidavit is how you prove your residency for a divorce in Vegas. You’ll need to find another Nevada resident to sign the affidavit in front of a Nevada notary. This individual can be a neighbor, friend, relative, or even your landlord who knows you to have lived in Nevada for a minimum of six weeks before filing your divorce.

Lastly, note that the ease of getting a divorce in Vegas has attracted some unsavory operators hoping to make money from those desperate for that quick divorce. So, if you’re going to divorce in Vegas, be sure you deal with a reputable Nevada attorney, one you can look up with the State Bar of Nevada and with the Better Business Bureau. There have been incidents of clients dealing with typing services and so-called paralegal services, and even attorneys, a shame to say, who took clients’ money and never bothered to file their cases. So, first, be sure you are dealing with a real attorney and not just a paralegal or typing service “supervised by attorney” and be sure to check out your attorney’s credentials.

We do our best to make getting a divorce in Nevada as easy and quick as possible. You’ll have a well-respected lawyer representing you.

Top 10 Nevada Divorce Laws You Should Know

Top 10 Divorce Laws

1. Do you have a prenuptial agreement?

When signing a prenuptial agreement, the prospective husband and wife must attach a list of their separate property and separate debt going into the marriage for the pre-nuptial to be valid. If nothing is attached, the prenuptial could become invalid and it will be as if no agreement had been created between the parties. Each party should have their own separate attorney to avoid conflict of interest issues later if ever there comes a time the prenuptial agreement needs to considered in a divorce.

 

2. Nevada divorce laws do not have a separate and apart statute for property and debt

Unlike California,for instance, until you are actually divorced, and with no prenuptial agreement, post-nuptial agreement, or separation agreement in place, all community income, debt and property still belong to both parties even if the parties have been physically separated for years. This means that if you separate and have no prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, you should at the least file a legal separation to protect your assets until you file a divorce.

 

3. Nevada divorce laws and residency.  

Nevada requires that your divorce documents state that you have been an actual resident of Nevada for a minimum of six weeks before filing your divorce in Nevada. Nevada divorce laws also require that your divorce documents state that you have the intent to remain in Nevada for an indefinite period of time after the divorce becomes final.

The resident witness affidavit will state that the resident witness has seen you physically present in Nevada three to four times per week for the six weeks immediately preceding the divorce.

Residency for children when filing a divorce in Nevada. As far as residency rules when children are involved, Nevada divorce laws, as per the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act, state that Nevada has no jurisdiction over children of the marriage until the children have resided in Nevada for at least six months.

If the children have not been in Nevada for the six months period immediately preceding the filing of a divorce in Nevada, the Nevada court can’t address issues of physical custody.  It will address child support, but not custody and visitation.

Even if the children issues can’t all be addressed because the children have not been here for six months,  Nevada divorce laws still give the court jurisdiction over the marriage itself (provided the parent filing the divorce is a current resident) and  can grant a  divorce, therefore dissolving the marriage, but without addressing physical custody and visitation.

 

4. The Court can consider the wishes of a child of sufficient age and intelligence in determining physical custody.

However, Nevada divorce laws do not name a “magic” age when the child gets to  make that decision. Some judges will give children over the age of 13 more say-so in where they live (they might meet with the child before deciding), but the Court’s standard is always the best interest of the child. This is decided on a case by case basis; it depends on the child’s ability to understand the goings-on, the parents themselves and how they feel about the situation, and lastly, how the judge feels about this particular child making this decision.

 

5. Nevada divorce law NRS 125B.070 provides for child support

There are maximums in Nevada for child support, based on the responsible party’s income bracket. with a maximum on the amount that a parent has to pay for child support based on income level. The amount of child support is adjustable every three years or by special motion filed with the court–such as if the responsible party loses income or if the child now lives with the other parent. In a joint physical custody case, the Court still looks at the difference in  income between the parties and will still grant one of the parties child support even if physical custody is shared equally between the parties. See the document at the end of this link, which explains it very well and also states the maximum for income brackets:  https://nevadadivorce.org/child_support_guidelines.pdf 

 

6. Nevada divorce laws allow a woman the right to change her name back to her former name.

During the process of a divorce in Nevada, a woman who changed her name legally to the name of her spouse after the marriage can resume the use of the name she used immediately before this marriage, or resume her birth name. She cannot choose just any name the way she can in a name change proceeding.

 

7. Retirement, pensions, 401(k)s, IRAs, etc. earned during the marriage are considered community property as per Nevada divorce laws.

The division of retirement accounts often require a Qualified Domestic Relations Order to be prepared before they can be distributed in addition to the Decree Of Divorce. Each spouse is entitled to one half of each other’s retirement benefits accrued during the marriage. A Qualified Domestic Relations Order (commonly known as a Q.D.R.O.) is a procedure done separately from the divorce itself. Typically, the divorce is filed and granted, the Q.D.R.O. is created and then filed with the court where the divorce was granted and the judge who granted the divorce signs it making it valid. Typically, neither party collects on this money until retirement time. In some cases, a judge might order that a 401K or other type of retirement account be dissolved and the proceeds divided (thought this causes a huge tax penalty). This usually only happens if one or both parties have become nearly destitute due to the divorce.

 

8. There is no formula for alimony in Nevada divorce laws.

Unlike child support which has clear guidelines, NRS 125.150 leaves alimony to the sole discretion of the Judge. The post-divorce financial condition of the parties is considered, along with the ability to pay, length of the marriage, health and education of the parties and what occurred during the marriage.  A loose rule is that the party receiving alimony would receive it for about half of the length of the marriage. It could also be granted if a spouse was a stay-at-home parent during the length of the marriage and now needs training to re-enter the workforce.

 

9. Property and debt after the divorce.

After the divorce, although the Court maintains jurisdiction over child support and child custody issues and alimony,  the Court loses jurisdiction over property and debt issues once the divorce is granted. There is a provision in Nevada divorce law to set aside a divorce for up to six months under NRCP 60(b) for excusable neglect, mistake and fraud regarding property and debt issues. After 6 months, it’s difficult to re-open a divorce case insofar as property and debt matters, but if fraud was discovered after the six-month period and there is compelling evidence, it could potentially be reopened to re-address issues of property and debt.

 

10. When filing a one-signature Nevada divorce, if the Defendant lives in a different county or state, Defendant may be able to change venue.

Another option the Defendant has is to dismiss or limit the Nevada Court’s decision to just granting the divorce without matters of property and debt division being addressed.

The Nevada Court has no jurisdiction over an out of state resident for property, debt, alimony and the physical and legal custody of out-of-state children in a default divorce in Nevada. A “default divorce” means that the Defendant was served with the divorce papers and never responded. Also, if you filed in Clark County, Nevada, and Defendant resides in another county, venue can be changed to that county if Defendant demands it. Defendant has choice of venue.

This is especially true if the marital home is located outside Clark County, Nevada, and if the entirety of the marriage took place in that other locale.

Need more information on filing a Nevada divorce?  We can help by representing you in your divorce. We’ll be easy on your bank account too!

8 Tips & Tricks to get a Quick and Easy Nevada Divorce

As you most likely know by now, there are many myths circulating around on how quick quick_easy_decree_of_divorceand easy a Nevada divorce can be obtained, and oftentimes, people get confused as to what’s true and what’s not. Some people firmly believe that a Nevada divorce can be granted in a day or two. Some people think it’s impossible to obtain one that quickly. Both theories are somewhat correct. And it often

depends on the manner in which the Nevada divorce is filed.

We hope to clarify things for you here, and offer some tips and tricks on obtaining a quick and easy Nevada divorce. Now, we’re talking about real ways to do this, not fantasies and ads on websites that promise you a Nevada divorce in a day. Unfortunately, it’s no longer that quick and easy to obtain a Nevada divorce. Between the population of Nevada having grown considerably in the past 20 years, and the likes of But, it’s pretty darned quick just the same compared to the majority of other states.

How to get a Quick and Easy Nevada Divorce Tip #1 – Find a highly experienced Nevada divorce attorney:

Find an attorney with a good, long-standing reputation (stay away from typing services and paralegal services to avoid potential problems later) who does lots of divorces. Nothing beats a lawyer with lots of experience in filing divorces when it comes to saving time. Some divorce lawyers have begun to offer unbundled services which lowers the cost to the client considerably while maintaining high-quality service, so there’s no excuse that it costs too much to retain a divorce attorney.

How to get a Quick and Easy Nevada Divorce Tip #2 – Get your spouse to agree to sign:

Do what you can to get your spouse to agree to sign the divorce documents. This ALWAYS speeds things up. In some cases, a joint petition divorce (both parties must sign), especially when there are no children and no property or debts involved, is sometimes granted in as little as two to three days after filing. This is NOT the norm, mind you, however, it does occur, so we can say it’s possible. Just don’t count on it. Generally, if both spouses sign the divorce documents we get final Nevada divorce decrees back from the court in anywhere from a few days to two weeks. It sometimes takes up to three weeks if the court is really busy, or your judge is particularly busy at the time your case was assigned to him or her.

Remember that you are undergoing a legal process, ending a legal relationship. Allow the process the time it needs for it to be done correctly. It’s best for your divorce case to take a few days more and have it done correctly than have to fix it again later because it was done in a rush and botched. To have to go back and fix a botched divorce later costs more and takes more time than taking a few more days to do it right the first time around. A few days to a couple of weeks is still a lot less time than it takes to obtain a divorce in most other states (for instance, in California, even with both parties signing, it takes six months to finalize a divorce!!), so we can still safely say that a Nevada divorce is a quick and easy divorce even if it takes two weeks, right?

How to get a Quick and Easy Nevada Divorce Tip #3 – Agree on issues of property and debt division beforehand:

If you do have children and property and, or, debts to divide, come to terms on the issues before you begin the divorce process. It will save you a lot of time. If you cannot come to terms on your own, consider divorce mediation with a reputable divorce lawyer with the proper credentials to mediate a divorce. This will not only save you a lot of time compared to filing a contested divorce. Not only will you save time, but you’ll save a lot of money.

How to get a Quick and Easy Nevada Divorce Tip #4 – Take the online parenting class:

If you have children and you live in Clark County, Nevada, take the required parenting class before your case is filed. It can now be taken online which saves you both time and money (it’s less expensive to take it online, but no travel time to class).

How to get a Quick and Easy Nevada Divorce Tip #5 – Have all your information ready before starting the process:

Give all the information your Nevada divorce attorney asks of you as soon as possible after you’ve retained him or her. Your divorce documents can’t be created without certain vital information and your divorce attorney can only work as quick as he or she gets the mandatory information required by the court from you to include into your Nevada divorce forms.

How to get a Quick and Easy Nevada Divorce Tip #6 – Sign your divorce documents as soon as your attorney tells you they are ready:

Your Nevada divorce forms can’t be filed at court without your signature, so until you’ve signed, your divorce attorney can’t file your case. So, once the documents are ready for your signature, make an appointment as soon as possible and go sign the documents at your attorney’s office.

How to get a Quick and Easy Nevada Divorce Tip #7 – File at the beginning of the week:

Try to sign your divorce documents on a Monday or Tuesday. If you sign the divorce forms at your attorney’s office on a Friday, the case might be e-filed from the attorney’s office on that day, however, the court clerk is not likely to email your attorney the filed/stamped copy until the following Monday, or even Tuesday or Wednesday, and that means that 3-4 days have already gone by. Whereas, if your divorce case is e-filed earlier in the week, we often get the filed/stamped copies back within just hours (though this is no guarantee, it could still take a few days depending on how busy the court happens to be when your case is filed). This counts a lot in a divorce timeline because your attorney can’t send the decree to court for the judge’s signature until he or she has a case number. And your divorce attorney won’t get your case number until he or she receives the filed-stamped copy of the joint petition or complaint filing from the court.

How to get a Quick and Easy Nevada Divorce Tip #8 – If you have to file bankruptcy, do it now instead of after your divorce:

Though this is not a tip that will speed up your divorce per se, it will help out greatly if you have a lot of debt accumulated during the marriage and plan on filing a bankruptcy in the future. Consider filing a joint bankruptcy before you file your Nevada divorce. This will save you time and money in that you can share the cost of the bankruptcy with your spouse instead of paying for the whole thing yourself after your Nevada divorce.

Author: Attorney James E. Smith — http://nevadadivorce.org/about_nevada_divorce.htm

How To Figure Out Your Nevada Child Support Obligation

child support in NevadaBelow is the child support guideline table for Nevada (as per Nevada Revised Statutes). To better explain the table, which seems to confuse many people if the calls to our office are any indication, we will look at two very simple examples. Look at the table first, then read the examples and things should become clearer for you. Note that there are allowable deviations from these child support guidelines and you’ll see a list of them a little lower in this article.
Click Here for : CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES TABLE:
Statutory Percentages for Child Support in Nevada – NRS 125B.070 (1)(B):
One (1) child: 18%
Two (2) children: 25%
Three (3) children: 29%
Four (4) children: 31%
Five (5) or more children: 2% more over amount for four (4) children for each additional child.

Example 1: John and Jane have one child who lives with Jane full time and spends two weekends per month with John, as well as two weeks in the summer and some holidays:
1. John’s gross monthly salary is $4,235.
2. Child support for one child is set at 18%, and 18% of $4,235 is $762.30, HOWEVER
3. Maximum child support per child for the range of $0 to $4235 is $604 per month, therefore
4. John will pay $604 per month in child support to Jane.

Example 2: John and Jane share physical custody (one week with John, one week with Jane or some other equal-time arrangement)
1. John makes $4,235 per month, so must pay $604 to Jane as child support
2. Jane makes $3,000 per month, so must pay $540 to John as child support.
3. Difference between $604 and $540 is $64, so John pays Jane $64 per month.

In any deviation from the above table (higher or lower amount), the Court takes into consideration the following factors (NRS 125B.080):

more thanless thanMaximum
$0$4,235$6,351$8,467

$10,585

$12,701

$14,816

$4,235$6,351$8,467$10,585

$12,701

$14,816

no limit 

$604

$664

$726

$785

$846

$906

$968

How to collect on unpaid Child Support Obligation:
In Nevada, once you have a Decree of Divorce, if your spouse does not make the child support payments as ordered in the decree, you may contact Child Support Enforcement in the county where you reside. The District Attorney’s Office will take legal measures to collect the child support through any means available to them, including wage garnishment, and bank account garnishment.

Child Support Offices in Nevada:

Washoe County Residents– Child Support Enforcement
300 E 2nd St, Ste 1200 Reno, NV 89501
(775) 448-5150 (775) 448-5199 (fax)
Washoe County Child Support Collection

Churchill County Residents
Churchill County District Attorney 165 North ADA Street Fallon, NV 89406
(775) 423-8423 (775) 428-6571 (fax)
Churchill County DA Child Support Division Web Site

Clark County Residents
Clark County District Attorney
Family Support Division
1900 E Flamingo Rd, Ste 100
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 671-9200 (702) 366-2400 (fax)
Clark County Child Support Collection

Of course Nevada Divorce.org (Conexa, LLC) can help you with any divorce in Nevada with children needs.

 

Author: Attorney James E. Smith — http://nevadadivorce.org/about_nevada_divorce.htm

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