Frequently Asked Questions on Divorce
divorce or other
family law matters arise there are often numerous questions that those involved will
have. The skill and knowledge of a Las Vegas divorce attorney can help
you answer those questions and carry out your claim in a profitable manner.
Speak with an attorney during a free initial consultation to answer any
question you have.
The following are some commonly asked questions that many clients have
Yes there are. Marriage can be hard and countless individuals face issues.
Some may choose to file for divorce, while others may go another route.
The option of a
legal separation ends up being the best choice for many couples. While they are still legally
married, they can live apart from each other and sever a number of ties
such as financial ones. For some couples, they consider a legal separation
to spend time away from each other that can give them the space they need
to make a decision on the issue. Regardless of the reasons for a separation,
an attorney can help you make the most of it.
How is property divided?
Each state has their own guidelines on how they choose to go about
property division. In the state of Nevada a community property approach is held to. This
means that a couple that is unable to come to an agreement themselves
on what property or debt will go to who, will need to turn to the court
to make the decision. In general the court will divide up the estate of
the couple evenly.
This can include exceptions and does not mean every case will have a perfect
split, but as a general rule assets are evenly divided. This can mean
that one spouse incurs school debt even if they were not the individual
that continued on with their education. In other instances this can mean
that they gain a significant portion of their former spouse's finances.
There are pros and cons to community property and with the help of
Gordon Law Offices you may be able to help turn the odds in your favor.
Is there anything I can do to change a past court order?
The situation of a person's life is always changing. Some may have
found themselves in one place at the time of their divorce and now that
former life is even hard to recognize. This can mean that the ruling by
a court is no longer affective like it was in the past. Some may be paying
alimony to a spouse that now makes enough to stand on their own. Other
times a person may not have been granted child custody but now that they
have their act together they are seeking to regain visitation rights.
When these types of claims arise you can return to the court seeking to
have an adjustment made to the ruling. They will review the case and the
current circumstances to determine if they will allow for a modification
to be made. Not everyone that seeks a
modification is given one. You will need to be able to prove to the court with strong
evidence that there is sufficient reasoning for them to make the alteration.
How does the court decide on spousal support?
Spousal support is an important issue for many. For those that have become reliant on
their spouse to support them, a divorce may leave them unsure of how they
will continue to meet their standard of living. The court will take a
number of factors into consideration when they decide if they will award
spousal support, including the following:
- If one of the spouses makes significantly more than the other
- If the dependent spouse can get a job
- What the standard of living was for the dependent spouse
- Their mental status
- How long the marriage lasted
- The financial situation for both parties
- The health of each person
- How they each contributed to the marriage.
If one spouse remained home with the children while the other spouse was
out working they can argue for support claiming that they contributed
to the marriage and were unable to gain work related skills since they
were at home. The court can determine if they will award support along
with how much and for how long? In some instances it may be temporary
until the dependent spouse is able to finish school or stand on their own.
I am a stay at home father. Can I seek support from my spouse?
Often times it is the wife that is thought of when it comes to spousal
support. Stay at home fathers are a growing trend and in the event that
divorce arises many of them can find themselves financially hurt without
the support of their partner.
Fathers' rights are continuing to advance, with more and more fathers receiving support
and child custody.
What areas can you help with besides divorce?
While our firm provides exceptional service in claims of divorce, there
are other related areas we are equally as skilled in such as:
When it comes to divorce law, the issues that extend from it are countless.
Our services also extend to issues of
wills, estates and probate,
personal injury and
criminal defense. Any number of situations can arise and with over 50 years of legal experience
we are ready to help.
Contact a Las Vegas divorce lawyer from the firm for a free consultation to gain the answers to your questions.