Cordell & Cordell recently launched a new office in Las Vegas in an effort to provide more men and fathers with the legal guidance and resources needed to navigate the divorce process.
A woman has claimed that her ex-husband’s pension should be added to his alimony obligations even though it wasn’t part of the original divorce settlement. The Nevada Supreme Court will examine that claim, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
The court will hear both sides of the story of the Doan divorce. Craig Doan claims that for seven years he has fulfilled his alimony obligations to his ex-wife, but when Catherine Doan believed she also needed 50 percent of his pension, the ex-husband put his foot down. This figure was not included in the divorce decree, and Craig Doan filed an appeal.
According to the publication, the court is considering this case because it has “statewide interest” and could affect similar situations in the future.
The news source stated that, in court documents, Craig Doan said that “to take away a portion of my pension now would ruin me financially,” particularly after he stated that his ex-wife received their car and home in the divorce, as well as more than $1,100 in monthly alimony.
In Massachusetts, lawmakers are working to reform the state’s alimony system to establish guidelines for a number of payment issues, including the duration of payments, according to WAMC.
While Nevada is known the world over for its quickie marriages, the state is now also known for another dubious honor. According to CNBC, Nevada has the highest divorce rate in the U.S. – 6.6 divorces per 1,000 people.
One of the hubs of divorce in the state is Reno, once known as the Divorce Capital of the World, the news source states. The lifestyle in the city, an atmosphere ripe with partying, gambling, legal brothels and other temptations, tends to lend itself to high divorce rates.
Arkansas has the second highest divorce rate in the nation, with 5.6 divorces per 1,000 people. According to the news provider, economic difficulties and financial stress experienced by many in the state have attributed to this rate. In addition, residents often get married at younger ages, which could play a role in a higher divorce rate, marriage counselor Dr. Gary Oliver told CNBC.
Other states listed as having the top 10 divorce rates, in descending order, are Wyoming, Idaho, West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Alaska, Florida and Maine.
According to the Heritage Foundation, divorce can lead to financial hardship. Nearly 50 percent of parents with children see their family’s income drop by as much as 50 percent following divorce.