Its Spring time!!
In an effort to keep our clients and colleagues informed as to those matters that are occurring in the area of family law we have implemented a new monthly newsletter. If you have any questions regarding any of the information within this newsletter or any other matters that come up please do not hesitate to contact Mandy McKellar at extension 121. We appreciate your business and hope to assist you with any of your family law matters that may occur in the future.
JOINT PHYSICAL CUSTODY
Rivero v. Rivero, 124 Nev. ___, ___ P.3d ___ (Adv. Opn. No. 84, October 30, 2008)
First addressing the definition of joint physical custody in Nevada, the Nevada Supreme Court adopted the Missouri definition, which focuses on each parent spending a significant amount of time with the child to ensure that the child has meaningful contact with both parents, without requiring a specific timeshare, and requiring specific findings of fact to support a finding of joint physical custody.
Finally, the Court set out a new formula for determining child support in joint physical custody cases, extending the test under Wright v. Osburn, 114 Nev. 1367, 970 P.2d 1071 (1998) (establishing how to calculate support in a 50/50 custody case) to account for both income disparities and an unequal timeshare variable.
Basically, in English, the case allows for a re-designation of time share by filing a Motion. It is conceivable that if your sharing child custody where one person is give the title of "primary physical custodian," you could possibly get the designation changed to joint therefore, lowering your child support obligation. Please call Mandy McKellar at (702) 438-4100 extension 121 if you have any questions or concerns.
NEW SUPREME COURT RULES
In an effort to make trips to court easier. The Supreme court has recently adopted new rules regarding appearance by communications equipment. Specifically ADKT 424. It will soon be possible to attend court hearings right from the comfort of our office. We will be adding a video conference capability to our office very soon. Stay tuned for details!
We are pleased to welcome back Richard L. Crane, Esq. Richard ("Rick") started back with the firm earlier this month. He is very knowledgeable in all areas of family law with a high degree of specialty in Military issues. If you would like to contact him for any questions or concerns his email is firstname.lastname@example.org and he is at extension 115.
DPS "DOCUMENT PREPARATION SERVICES"
We are in the process of adding another sector of our firm to assist those who have a hard time affording legal counsel in these harsh economic times, in preparation of their legal paperwork.
The days of those in a lower economic predicament depending on paralegal services to prepare their paperwork are over. DPS will afford those who need it, an opportunity to have legal counsel prepare and review documents.
Our prices will be on a per document basis. In addition, to the document preparation we will offer on the spot court appearances, and consults for a small fee. Call Kari Molnar, Esq. extension 127, or email email@example.com for further details.
Here at the Willick Law Group we have a vast amount of knowledge in the preparation of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders ("QDRO"), and Court Orders for Acceptable Processing ("COAP"), as well as other documents needed for the division of retirement benefits in divorce cases. Not all firms presently have nor want these capabilities. For a small fee we will prepare all the necessary documents to assure that you retirement is divided correctly. Please contact Joe Riccio, Esq. extension 113 for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org.