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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Nevada on
Q: I've been paying child support for about 12 years now faithfully. My name isn't on the birth certificate what can I do?

I receive unemployment and only get $331.00 a week and child support takes 50% of that so I make about $550.00 a month now. I've truly been struggling. How can I get some help? I've tried to keep in contact with my daughter for all these years with no success. The last time I seen her was... Read more »

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Oct 22, 2020

In order to modify child support payments, you must file a motion with the court demonstrating a 20% change in income since the current child support order was ordered. Otherwise, you may motion the court for a child custody modification which may impact the amount of child support ordered if a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Nevada on
Q: I’m a single mom, never been married, would like to file for full custody of my children. What are my options?

I tried to file my the court packet myself, but it was rejected because I filled it out wrong. I then went to mediation with my children’s father to figure out custody agreements but then he didn’t follow through with mediation. He’s unhealthy and unstable and addict. How can I do this... Read more »

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Sep 28, 2020

The most economical legal aid option would be to seek guidance from your local Family Law help center. However, having much experience in Family Law and Child Custody cases, I strongly recommend that any case involving children be represented by an experienced Family Law attorney. Child Custody and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Nevada on
Q: If a non-custodial dad is asking for the SSN of his children, is the custodial mom obligated to give it?

Shouldn't a father already have that information? Why should the mother give it to him, especially if the two have ongoing legal issues, and the mother doesn't know why he needs it? Is the mother legally obligated to give it to him without a court order? It's just more work for her.

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Sep 14, 2020

The child’s social security number and use of it is most often a matter of legal custody. If the parents share legal custody, then both parents would need to be involved and provide their approval for any important matters in which a social security number would be necessary (i.e. decisions... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Nevada on
Q: My ex and her daughter live with me. The daughter isn't my Biological child but i consider her my child so do they both

I would like to adopt or step I'm just not sure how to do it. Me and the mother are not romantically involved but we are best friends any help you could give would be great

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Sep 9, 2020

Adoption would be possible only if the child’s biological father’s rights have already been terminated, or if he is willing to forfeit his parental rights. If the child’s biological father intends to keep his parental rights, then the court will not grant those rights onto additional parties.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Nevada on
Q: What is the likelihood a judge will keep an old child support order for no support at a 3 year review?

So, I have primary custody of my kids. Have for 3 years...dad doesn't pay child support currently per the original order. Petitioned for a review. Whats the liklihood a judge keep the no support order in place vs awarding support to custodial parent? Non custodial parent has had a significant... Read more »

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Sep 3, 2020

A child support modification is generally only warranted in response to a significant change in circumstance or change in custody. Specifically, when the reason for the modification is due to change in income, the court requires a 20% increase or decrease in income in order to justify the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Nevada on
Q: I have 50/50 parental custody with my ex spouse she wants my son to go back to day care Monday I dont think thats a good
Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Aug 25, 2020

This situation is a matter of legal custody. While the parents may have 50/50 physical custody and spend equal physical time with the child, when it comes to this type of decision making for the child, these are aspects of legal custody. If the parents have 50/50 legal custody, then any decision... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for Nevada on
Q: I need a divorce and I have a year in a half son with the person I got married to.
Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Aug 19, 2020

Since there are children involved, I would highly recommend seeking an experienced Family Law attorney to make sure your rights and interests are well represented. Once Child Custody and Child Support arrangements are ordered by the court, they can be difficult and expensive to modify. My position... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Nevada on
Q: I am father of two children. Their mother is telling them I murdered someone to scary them into avoiding home visits

I am the father of two children ages 12 and 15, years old. Their mother is consistently telling my children that I murdered my stepfather which is not true. I was not born when my stepfather was murdered during 1981. I was born 1982, my two children believe their mother now they do not want to... Read more »

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Aug 12, 2020

The matter of needing the mother’s permission to attend the type of mental health treatment your children were referred to is a matter pertaining to the legal custody arrangement in place. If you and the children’s mother share joint legal custody, then, yes, it is likely that she would need to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Nevada on
Q: Divorce question, a housewife married for 30 years file a divorce and receive asset (division of property) and support?

The property the husband had before the marriage, asset value increased from 300,000 to 3 million during the marriage. Can wife be entitled to have share value?

The prenuptial agreement was signed without knowing (did not understand English) 30 years ago. Does it mean the wife gets nothing... Read more »

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Aug 7, 2020

This may depend on the specifics of the prenuptial agreement, however, in general if the wife can prove that the increase in value is in some part due to financial decisions made within the marriage or from the marital estate, such as renovations, cleaning/maintenance/up-keep, mortgage payments,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Nevada on
Q: Can the father of my child take full custody while being in prision?

The father of my child sent me a divorce letter via mail while he is locked up (he still locked up) He was never a responsible father, didn’t payed child support (he only twice and not the right amount) in fact that’s the reason why he’s a jail. In reality I want nothing to do with him, I... Read more »

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Aug 7, 2020

A parent cannot have physical custody of a child when incarcerated. If anything, it is more likely that the court may award the custodial parent full or sole custody, if not permanently, at least temporarily while the other parent is incarcerated. The only possible custody the incarcerated parent... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Nevada on
Q: Can my husband get me for back child support now after my son graduated and we havent filed divorce yet
Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Aug 7, 2020

First and foremost, you are doing the right thing to do your research and consult with a legal representative rather than to fall victim to the fear of situations you may believe, or have been told by those who may not have your best interest in mind. It’s important to not let these... Read more »

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