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Reno Nevada Family Law Blog

Late nights at work can strain marital relationships

Many casino workers in Nevada are likely familiar with the challenges of maintaining a relationship while working at night. A comparison of occupations and divorce rates prepared by FlowingData confirmed that bartenders and casino workers, particularly gaming managers, experienced the highest rates of divorce compared to people in other lines of work.

Jobs that require travel, such as flight attendants and people employed in shipping and transportation, also presented challenges to married couples. People whose jobs centered on nightlife or travel had higher than average rates of divorce. Across the country, the average rate of divorce is slightly over 35 percent.

Parental consistency important for children

Nevada parents who choose to end their marriages may have significant emotional conflicts that they need to resolve during their divorces. Some of these conflicts may involve their children. It is important for parents to work together during and after their divorces for their children's benefit.

One way that parents can make the divorce easier on their children is making certain that they have consistent rules in their respective homes. This may require the parents to sit down with each other so that they can decide what rules they will have and come to agreements about them. This may be hard for some parents, but it is important for the welfare of their children.

3 costly divorce mistakes you should avoid

Divorce is never fun, but it does not have to be full of financial mistakes and nasty arguments. This might be a difficult chapter in your life, but you can take some steps to avoid it becoming a tragedy. If you keep your cool and make smart decisions amid all the complications and frustrations, you can come out the other side with your finances and emotions intact. 

However, if you go through your divorce without the right guidance, you could easily make costly errors. Keep reading for the biggest mistakes you should avoid during your high-asset divorce.

Shared parenting benefits parents and children

Nevada parents who are going through the divorce process may be aware that, in a wide majority of cases, physical custody of the children is awarded to the mother. While mothers may feel like this is a "win" at first, they can soon find that it is very difficult to remain in the workforce while being a single parent. In fact, it can trap a mother into depending on child support to raise the children.

Shared parenting is a solution to the problem. This type of parenting involves a flexible arrangement that allows the children to spend time with both parents. In so doing, the mother often has the ability to stay in the workforce. Shared parenting also benefits fathers in that they get a chance to actually be involved in raising the children without being relegated to the "fun" parent the kids see every other weekend.

Planning who will pay back-to-school expenses after a divorce

When parents in Nevada get divorced, they may not anticipate all of the potential scenarios that may lead to arguments over their children. Parenting plans are meant to help exes decide how to handle their co-parenting relationships so that their children are placed at the forefront and arguments are minimized. This often helps children to be better adjusted and happier.

One area that frequently causes arguments between divorced parents is paying for the children's back-to-school costs. Children require numerous things when school is getting ready to start each year. They may need school folders, backpacks, pencils, clothes and much more. The costs of these items can quickly balloon, leading to arguments about paying for them.

When mediation isn't the right choice

When a couple in Nevada decides to divorce, they may first consider going to a mediator to negotiate child custody, property division and support payments. While mediation can have its advantages, it's not the best option for everyone. In fact, mediation can end up making things worse by dragging matters out or simply adding additional costs to the process of ending a marriage.

Mediation can be a good option in situations where both partners are acting in good faith and still have a measure of good will toward each other. Unfortunately, there are situations in which a relationship is so acrimonious that the process of working together to negotiate the terms of a divorce is simply not going to work.

Dividing TSPs in Nevada divorces

Many Nevada residents who work for the federal government contribute to Thrift Savings Plans. When they divorce, the amounts that have accrued will need to be divided between the spouses. Nevada law controls how the TSPs will be divided since there are no federal laws directing how the accounts should be handled in divorces.

Nevada is a community property state, which means that the marital assets are to be divided equally between the spouses. Marital property will not include assets that were owned separately by the spouses before the marriages, but it will include the increases in value that accrued during the marriages. In the case of a TSP, this means that the contributions that were made and the interest that has accrued during a marriage will be subject to division.

What emotions are driving your divorce decisions?

Every stage of life means having to make decisions. When you are in your late teens, a big decision could center on which college to attend. If you are going through a divorce, though, it could be that you do not even realize the decisions you are making. This is, in part, because you have so much to think about. A "decision" sounds like something you thought through and analyzed.

Divorce, however, can be an emotional time. For example, your spouse may be determined to keep the house, the car, the kids--everything--without even consciously realizing he or she has decided to do so. Similarly, you may be feeling so upset, angry or guilty that these emotions wreck the quality of your decision-making.

What to do to close a joint account

Nevada couples who are planning to go their separate ways may have checking or savings accounts that they share with each other. In order to close the joint account, there are certain actions they may have to take.

Joint accounts can be shared by not only couples, but also relatives and business associates. It is not always necessary to have the consent of the other account holders in order to close the account. Banks typically require that an account holder closes an account in person. Even though all members of an account are not required to be there, having them present may hasten the process and eliminate confusion about what will happen to the assets. Banks will require proof of identification, like a photo ID. The account holder will have to complete a form that requests the closure of the joint bank account.

Divorce fallout from taking ownership of the home

Couples seeking a separation in Reno often make decisions about divorce outcomes before entering negotiations or seeking counsel. Unless they receive sound advice concerning finances after the divorce, these decisions can end up being costly mistakes. Some of the most disastrous financial decisions revolve around keeping the family residence.

Emotions surrounding the property, the desire to maintain child custody and protecting the emotional stability of children could all factor into the determination to keep the family home. However, serious problems can arise if the home is still under mortgage. The custodial parent is often left with only two options: they can pursue a new mortgage or seek a refinancing deal that removes the financial obligation for the home from their ex-partner.

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