September 24, 2017

Family Law

First Step

When “where did we go wrong” becomes “what do I do now”… the first step is to consider these questions:

– Might marriage counseling with a pastor or private counselor help?
– How can you create a safe world for your child amidst your broken
world?
– Who will stay in the family home, and how much compensation
does the moving party deserve?

What to Bring

What to Bring to an interview with me:

– Your story
– Recent pay stubs (your spouse’s too, if you can).
– Your checkbook (it’s a free consult, but if you decide to retain it
benefits us both).

Helpful Tips

Helpful Tips when considering a dissolution of your marriage:

– Acquire as much of your spouse’s recent financial information
(i.e. pay stubs, taxes and retirement account statements) before
they see a lawyer.
– Increase and document the time you spend with your child(ren).
– Think about a few people close to the situation, what they will be
willing to say in writing, and live your life like your adversaries
are recording it on paper.

FAQ What is “local court rule?”

A standard parenting plan issued in Clark County calls for the non-custodial parent to have visitation every other weekend from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday, with a mid-week evening visit for dinner.

How many months/years of spousal maintenance is ordered in a typical case?
In a case of significant income disparity, the higher paid spouse will likely be ordered to pay one year of “maintenance” for every five years of marriage.

What does community property mean?
Most assets or debts acquired during the marriage are considered community property and are to be equitably (i.e. fairly) divided. However, even “separate” property is before the Court for division.