Category: Divorce

Surratt Law Practice, PC is a Reno, Nevada firm that can represent you in drafting and/or negotiating a prenuptial or postnuptial marital agreement. Prenuptial agreements are a tool to address property and asset division before a relationship goes “sours” when the two people still care about each other.
Divorce can be an expensive endeavor. It can be worse when the married couple is drowning in debt. Paying for the lawyer and setting up a new household after divorce, are just a couple of the big things that siphon proceeds from your pocket as well. Legal bills and court costs come even before a person gets their share of property, child support or alimony. Because of this, it is very helpful to make sure to take care of the financial expenses by way of proper planning. While it is stressful, the freedom you will get down the line will be worth the struggle.
In Nevada, many Courts are continuing operations using “audio/visual” equipment. In Washoe County, this has included programs such as Zoom. The Judge, Court Clerk, along with a court reporter are present to run the Court. This has been a learning process for all involved. Having participated in Court this way for the past month, here is a top 5 tip list for a person appearing in family court in Washoe County:
Be aware, if you sell the marital home after you divorce, the spouse that keeps the home in his or her name only may not be getting exactly what he or she bargained for. What does that mean? Well, this means you should take into consideration your long terms goals – i.e. if you are going to keep the house and live in it for some time, or, if you are planning to sell it in the not too distant future.
The new Nevada Child Support laws will go into effect on February 1, 2020. The New Regulations in final form are R183-18. The Regulations refer to a “low income schedule”. The Low Income Obligation (2019) will be used on February 1, 2020.
Nevada is a “No Fault” Divorce State. What that means is that one party must assert that the parties are incompatible in marriage, and they can no longer remain married. The Court rarely, if ever, inquires further. It is enough to say that we cannot be married anymore and the Court will make a finding that the parties are incompatible and grant a divorce. This is not the case in every State.
This is one of those “touchy topics” that I find clients get stressed out about. There are emotions loaded in this term that make asking for, and paying, alimony particularly difficult to deal with. In Nevada, there are situations where family law attorneys can tell if a case is an “alimony case” or not. First, alimony is not required. There is no law that mandates this must be put in place. However, if the divorcing couple’s particular circumstances warrant consideration for alimony, it would be odd not to consider it when it factually makes sense.

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