Category Las Vegas Family Law

Review Your Insurance Policies Every Year

The beginning of a new year is a good time to review personal finances in order to determine if you need to make any changes for the upcoming year. Your insurance policies are a good place to start.

Auto Insurance. Often, significant savings may be realized by increasing your deductible. It is always wise to review your deductible with your insurance agent annually to determine whether your current deductible is appropriate for your circumstances.

Home Insurance. Has your coverage kept up with the price of your home? Is your deductible appropriate for your potential losses? Further, you should update your personal property inventory each year, not only to confirm that you have enough coverage, but also so you may verify what your actual loss is in the event of a claim.

Life Insurance. Do you have term policies that will soon expire? As we get older, our life insurance needs often change. Depending on the age of your children, your assets and your retirement plan, you may be able to review your annual life insurance premiums. An annual review of your beneficiaries is also advised.

Health Insurance. Besides taxes, the one thing you can count on every year is paying more for insurance and getting less coverage. Quitting smoking, losing weight and exercising may reduce your health insurance premiums.

Although apparently obvious, most people do not read their insurance policies. An annual review of every insurance policy may not only save you money, but also save you time and grief in the new year.

Mandatory Mediation In Custody Cases

Mediation is a process by which a professionally trained person helps to guide parents to reach an agreement regarding the physical custody of their children. Mediation seeks an agreement that focuses on each parent’s rights and responsibilities regarding the children, and more importantly, on the children’s needs. It is important to approach mediation with an open mind and focus on the best future needs of your children.

 

Under the Clark County Family Court Rules, mediation is mandatory in virtually every case. The mediation process is private and all communications are confidential and may not be disclosed to the court, absent issues of domestic violence or child abuse. The mediator cannot be called as a witness and the mediator does not have any authority to make any decisions.

 

Mediation should be utilized to make an arrangement that you believe is in your children’s best interest. An agreement, versus a contested custody battle, will save you time, money and most important, will serve the best interests of your client.

How Do You Figure Las Vegas Child Support?

How Do You Figure Las Vegas Child Support?

Child support in Las Vegas, Nevada is calculated pursuant to a formula adopted by the Nevada Legislature in 1987, and which appears in Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 125B. The non-custodial parent pays the custodial parent a percentage of his gross monthly income, with the percentage depending on the number of children. The statutory formula rate for one child is 18%, 25% for two, 29% for three, with an additional 2% added for each child more than three.
The law also applies a presumed maximum amount, referred as the “cap”, which sets a maximum amount of Las Vegas child support to be paid depending on income range. For example, a non- custodial parent whose gross monthly income is less than $4,235 will have his support “capped” at $681 per month per child. If that parent’s gross monthly income is between $10,585 and $12,701, the “cap” is $955 per month per child.
The product of the application of the statutory formula rate to gross monthly income is called the statutory formula amount ($gross monthly income x %= statutory formula amount). This amount may be adjusted upward or downward by the Court exercising its discretion but only for the nine specific reasons listed in the statute, such as cost of child care, cost of insurance, and relative income of the parties.
If parents have joint custody, the statutory formula rate is applied to each parent’s income, the resulting amounts compared, and the parent with the greater income pays to the other parent the difference between the two statutory formula amounts.

Quick and Inexpensive Uncontested Divorces in Las Vegas, Nevada

Quick and Inexpensive Uncontested Divorces in Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas has a reputation as being the divorce capital of the world. Two of the primary reasons are its short residency requirement and it being no fault.
While some states have residency requirements of up to six months, only six-week residence is required in Nevada and there is no waiting period. In general, divorces may be obtained much faster in Nevada than most states.
Additionally, unlike some states, Nevada has no fault divorce. In other words, if one party wants a divorce, they are entitled to a divorce and do not have to show fault or establish any other basis for wanting the divorce.
If there are no children and property to be addressed, an uncontested divorce may be prepared by Vegas West Attorneys for as low as $1,000.00 and be completed within several weeks. Children and property issues, however, may significantly increase the time and expense of a divorce.
Schedule an appointment with a family law attorney at Vegas West Attorneys 702-263-8438 to determine whether you qualify for quick uncontested divorce.

How Do I Get Divorced In Las Vegas, Nevada?

How Do I Get Divorced In Las Vegas, Nevada?

The first step in any divorce proceeding is the preparation and filing a complaint. The complaint states the grounds for divorce and sets forth some basic information concerning the parties and any minor children. Although many of the statements in the complaint may appear to be set forth in broad and generalized terms, the complaint is a formal document that covers certain technical matters required by law. After you sign the complaint, it will be filed with the court to initiate the action, assigned to a family court judge and then served to the opposing party. Upon receiving the complaint, the opposing party will respond by filing an answer to the complaint. Often the answer will be accompanied by a counterclaim. Opposing party will have twenty days from the date of service of the complaint to file an answer.

Often, along with a complaint for divorce, a request will be filed for preliminary issues such as custody, temporary child support, temporary alimony, temporary attorney’s fees, possession of the home or a restraining order. In conjunction with consultation from you, your attorney will decide which, if any, of these preliminary procedures, are necessary.

A Lawyer Should Not Represent Both Parties in a Las Vegas Divorce

A Lawyer Should Not Represent Both Parties in a Las Vegas Divorce

 

 

It is unwise for an attorney to represent both parties in a divorce action under any circumstances. An attorney should not accept the parties’ assurances that they desire no adversity or that there is an amicable agreement regarding the terms of the divorce. Experience has taught, however, that if there is any considerable property or minor children, the prospect of a subsequent dispute is significant. While not every court has issued blanket prohibitions against joint representation, the consequences of an attorney’s failure to recognize a potential conflict, to advise the clients of such a conflict, to obtain the informed consent of the client, or to advise a client to seek independent legal advice, can be the basis for damages, discipline, or having a settlement agreement set aside. Moreover, litigants to a divorce should understand that in virtually every case, one lawyer cannot adequately represent the interests of both parties.

 

Dual representation by a lawyer in a divorce, however, should not be confused with mediation. Mediation contemplates a neutral third party who will guide the parties towards resolving the dispute issues outside of litigation. A mediator does not represent either party but serves only to facilitate an agreement. A mediator does not offer legal advice and is not necessarily interested in whether an agreement is fair. The sole duty of a mediator is to assist the parties in reaching an agreement.

What To Do If You Are Considering A Las Vegas Divorce

What To Do If You Are Considering A Las Vegas Divorce

 

  • Immediately seek legal advice. Whether you actually follow through with a divorce or not, it’s wise to obtain legal advice to know where you stand and how you may potentially advance your position in the event of divorce.
  • Stop using social media. You will be best served by deactivating any social media accounts. Nothing good can happen by using social media before or during a divorce.
  • Obtain a credit report. Be sure you are aware of any outstanding debts or credit issues that you or your spouse may have. After meeting with a lawyer, you may seek advice as to whether or not to cancel any joint credit cards.
  • Compile financial documents. Copy any tax returns (with schedules), pay stubs, bank statements, retirement statements and credit card statements. The more documents available to show your lawyer, the better advice you will be offered.
  • Have a reserve. Whether a cash reserve or available credit on a credit card, be sure to have available resources whether to hire a lawyer, or to pay your personal expenses in the event that becomes necessary.
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