This is the last post in a series of articles discussing spousal support or alimony awards, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Divorce often impacts the parties involved both emotionally and financially. Given the potential consequences of a spousal support award, alimony can be one of the most contentious issues when ending a marriage. The goal of this series has been to provide a general overview of Nevada’s laws on spousal support. Another goal has been to emphasize the importance of retaining an attorney with experience in negotiating and litigating alimony claims. If you are in need of assistance, contact my office today to speak to a lawyer.
I have addressed several important topics in this series, including:
- Understanding Nevada’s spousal support laws
- How underemployment may impact an alimony award
- The potential consequences of a settlement agreement on alimony
- Seeking modification of an alimony determination
- Litigating an alimony claim at trial
Parties engaged in an alimony dispute should have an understanding of these issues for several reasons. First, it is important to have a basic knowledge of which factors a court will consider in determining whether spousal support should be awarded. These factors will form the basis of the court’s decision. Second, both parties should be aware that the voluntary “underemployment” of one spouse may impact the court’s award decision. Reducing income intentionally to avoid an alimony obligation will likely backfire on the underemployed party. Third, for obvious reasons it can seem like an attractive option to settle a divorce case quickly. However, parties should be aware of their rights before agreeing to settlement terms. Fourth, in many cases it is possible to revise an alimony award if a party experiences a significant change in circumstances. Absent an agreement to the contrary, the termination of employment, retirement, illness, etc. may be valid grounds to seek a modification of an award. Last, if the parties are not able to settle a case, it will proceed to trial. A basic understanding of the process will help manage the parties’ expectations should the case reach litigation.
It is imperative to understand your potential rights and obligations related to spousal support if you are considering a divorce. My office can review your case and advise you throughout the process. If you are considering terminating your marriage, contact my office today to speak with a Las Vegas lawyer.