This is the final post in a series of articles discussing spousal support awards, also known as alimony, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The goal of this series has been to provide basic information about Nevada’s laws on alimony. The issue of spousal support is often extremely contentious in light of the significant financial impact on both spouses. As such, I cannot overstate the importance of retaining an experienced divorce attorney to aggressively represent your interests. If you are in need of assistance, contact my office today to speak to a lawyer.
This series has focused on the following topics:
- Understanding Nevada’s alimony laws
- How underemployment may impact a spousal support award
- How a settlement agreement may affect alimony
- Litigating a spousal support claim
- Seeking modification of an alimony determination
If you are going through a divorce, these issues are important for a variety of reasons. First, one should have a basic understanding of the factors a court will consider when determining spousal support obligations. Second, when reviewing the income of both spouses, the court will consider whether one spouse is “underemployed.” If a party is voluntarily employed below their capabilities for the purpose of reducing the amount of support that would otherwise be due, the court may calculate alimony based on potential earnings instead. Third, when considering a proposed settlement agreement on a spousal support amount, both parties should understand their rights before signing the agreement. Fourth, one should have a basic understanding of how the litigation process will unfold when a settlement on spousal support cannot be reached. Finally, it is important to be aware of the factors that could result in an adjustment of a spousal support award and how they may impact your financial situation in the future.
Divorce is a stressful and often overwhelming process. Retaining experienced legal counsel to help you navigate the legal aspects of your case is extremely important, especially in cases involving alimony and spousal support. My firm is dedicated to representing clients in family law matters. If you need assistance in a divorce proceeding, contact my office today to speak to a Las Vegas lawyer.