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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Nevada on
Q: If I go to police station saying I’m concerned of my nephews well being? Haven’t spoke to him for 7 month

I raised my nephew 2-6 yrs old hrs 8 now his dad never was around my sister really dnt care about his future she doesn’t even let him comb his hair with gel she moved to Vegas in March I haven’t spoke to him my sister doesn’t let him contact me out of spite n jealousy well I heard she was... Read more »

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Oct 12, 2021

it is a very commendable thing you have done in caring for your nephew. unfortunately if there is no court order giving you rights to custody or guardianship of your nephew, you don't really have legal rights.

if you are concerned about the safety of your nephew, you can always ask...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Nevada on
Q: If my daughter lives with my mom but I still have full custody of her, who is legally responsible for her?

My husband, my daughter and I were living with my mom. My adult son also lives there. My mom kicked me and my husband out but my daughter stayed because we have no place and are now homeless. My mother is not taking my kid to school or making her do her work. We told my mom when she kicked us out... Read more »

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Oct 3, 2021

Unless there is a court order giving your parents either guardianship or custody of the children, both parents are still legally responsible for the children.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Nevada on
Q: How strict is this NEvada Jurisdiction requirement. one spouse there for 6 weeks ?

Can the nexus argument be used? History, business, multiple houses. I am curently block from the Nevada house.

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Sep 27, 2021

Hello,

The Nevada Judge will require a filed form to confirm your residency in Las Vegas for more than 6 weeks.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Nevada on
Q: Me and the Father of my kids DON'T get along but he insist in order for him to help me he has to be at my house

If not he won't help me and he has another child with someone else and she has no problem after taking him to court but I've tried to work with him but his abusive and won't help if his not at my house my Question what do I do he has his own place well he lives with son and takes... Read more »

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Sep 21, 2021

Hello,

This can be a frustrating situation.

Our firm believes in having a Custody Decree in place so the expectations and rules are in writing and filed with the court. Having this protection allows both parties to have a guideline or "rulebook" to follow to co-parent...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Nevada on
Q: When does it become to late to sign your rights over and grant temporary custody to a family member to get rid of CPS

I’m going to trial this month. Can I sign temporary guardianship to my mother and have this case dropped? When does this option no longer apply?

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Sep 19, 2021

Generally speaking, a temporary guardianship does not prevent the court from proceeding with a CPS case. It is best to speak with the attorney in the case to inquire as to what she/he is willing to accept to meet the best interests of the child involved.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Nevada on
Q: HOW CAN MY GIRLFRIEND STOP HER MOM FROM KICKING HER OUT OF THE FAMILY HOME

MY FRIEND AND HER SON AND DAUGHTER AND MOM LIVE IN THE FAMILY HOME. ON APRIL 29, HER DAUGHTER DIED AND ON THE 30TH HER MOTHER ABANDONED THE HOME. NOW HER MOTHER IS SENDING TEXT MESSAGES THAT SHE NEEDS TO MOVE OUT. SHE STILL HAS NO IDEA WHERE HER MOM IS. SHE PAID THE BILLS, CARED FOR THE PETS, YARD... Read more »

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Jun 10, 2021

I believe you might benefit from speaking to an estate planning attorney regarding this question.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Nevada on
Q: Can a judge legally order me to lock my son out of the house to force him to see his father?

We have a new judge, there is a history of mental and physical abuse. My son has recently expressed fear of his father killing him if he doesn't do as his father says.

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on May 7, 2021

In any Family Law situation involving children, Nevada judges will always first and foremost look to what is in the best interest of the children. For this reason, it follows that endangerment of a child would most certainly be a compelling reason for a judge to grant a modification of an existing... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Divorce for Nevada on
Q: As a witness in family court, can I listen to other witnesses before I give my testimony. I want them to know I’m listen

I want other witnesses to see me there listening. Not to change my own testimony or get the story straight. I feel I have the legal right to since it’s public

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Apr 29, 2021

It has been my experience, prior to COVID, that it was really up to the individual judges if they allowed the witnesses all in the courtroom at the same time. most of the time I found that it was one witness in the courtroom at one time. Since COVID, most appearances are virtual and processes are... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Nevada on
Q: They take over half my s.s. forold child support arrears and now they are taking half of my unemployment

Do I have any recourse to stop this?

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Apr 21, 2021

There are two ways to modify child support by mutual agreement or by court order.

Remember that you will have to prove to the court that there is a substantial change in circumstances to the original order issued by the court.

Learn More at our Website: www.ljlawlv.com/family-law/...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Nevada on
Q: I need to get a copy of my order can you look it up for me .Clark county R-20-214543-R.
Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Apr 15, 2021

Hello Kimberly, thank you for your inquiry. If you wish to get a copy of your order, please click on this link below. It will give you step-by-step instructions on how to get a copy.

https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/government/elected_officials/county_recorder/ordering_copies.php

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Nevada on
Q: If I filed a custody complaint against the mother of my child and served her and she filed a counterclaim and failed

failed to serve me the plaintiff. do I now have justification in court to file for a default judgement for myself the plaintiff?

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Apr 4, 2021

Technically she should have filed an Answer and Counterclaim to your Complaint. If, as you state, she only filed a Counterclaim without an Answer, she must still file the Answer but I do not believe the judge will allow for a default as she has already replied in some way to the Complaint.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Nevada on
Q: Can I file a motion to compel discovery in a child support case if I can prove the other person's FDF if wrong

My ex moved out of town 1 year ago and gave me full custody of our son. We agreed that there would be no child support at the time. I was laid off from my job in September so I filed a Motion to modify child support. The Judge said that it would be modified but we needed a parenting agreement... Read more »

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Mar 12, 2021

I suggest you seek guidance from an experienced Family Law attorney that can help to review your case and the judges ruling to best determine your available options.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Nevada on
Q: Am I allowed to modify child support with my current situation?

1 year ago my ex moved out of town and gave me full custody of our son. She quit her job and refuses to look for workAt the time we agreed that nobody would pay child support but she would be responsible for 50% of clothes and school supplies. She has not followed that part of the Stipulation and... Read more »

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Mar 12, 2021

I suggest you seek guidance from an experienced Family Law attorney that can help to review your case and the judge's ruling to best determine your available options.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Nevada on
Q: Can Child Support be modified?

In May my ex moved out of town and gave me primary physical custody. I filed the stipulation and order with the judge so that everything was on the record. The stipulation and order clearly states in the first line that this is a temporary agreement until she moves back to town or if she moves out... Read more »

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Mar 12, 2021

If an existing child support order is in place, a modification is only warranted in the case of a 20% change in income. If not, any parent is entitled to motion for child support, however the amount is based on the custody arrangement in place. I would suggest you enlist the help of an experienced... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Nevada on
Q: If my ex wants to do a medical treatment that I can't afford, do I have any recourse?

My daughter is receiving vision therapy. I recently lost my job and had to scramble to obtain a transfer to keep similar pay, but I had to move to Texas. I exhausted all my financial resources to move out her and remain gainfully employed. I told my ex that I wanted to wait on vision therapy for... Read more »

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Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Mar 11, 2021

In difficult situations like this, my suggestion is to first always attempt to talk civilly with your ex and see if it’s possible to come to an agreement on how to handle the situation. In my opinion, this is always preferred and usually more beneficial to both parties than going to trial.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Nevada on
Q: Can child support

I live in Nevada and I got in the rollover and the child support put a lien on my insurance check from the wreck can they do that

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Mar 11, 2021

If you are behind on child support payments, then yes, the state may assert a lien against your insurance claim in order to recoup the overdue child support. This is only one of the many options the court has in enforcing child support.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Nevada on
Q: What qualifies as a conflict of interest for a judge?

My child support modification was recently transferred to a new judge. I have represented myself up until this point but the judge just ruled against child support. Before this judge took over the previous judge had already said child support would be modified and I proved a change of... Read more »

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Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Mar 3, 2021

If the judge is not involved in the daily case activities of the former firm, then this would likely not be a conflict of interest situation. The judge has a duty to be impartial and their former employment should not play a part in their ruling. However, if you feel uncomfortable, you may exercise... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Nevada on
Q: My husband beat the crap out of me in April 2019. He spent jail time now he is OUT. I need a divorce
Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Mar 3, 2021

You are free to file for divorce in any state where you can meet the state requirements for divorce. The only requirement for a divorce in Nevada is that you or your spouse have lived in the state for at least six weeks prior to filing your divorce. You have the right to begin the process at any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Nevada on
Q: Hi. I have been married for 25 years and i would like a divorce. What happens financially in Nevada?

We live in Las Vegas and were married here. Thank you.

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Mar 3, 2021

Nevada is a community property state, therefore all property, bank accounts, and other assets, as well as debts, acquired during the marriage are considered part of the marital estate. Both parties are automatically entitled to an equal share of the marital estate. Nevada family law courts do not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Nevada on
Q: My ex just got an ex party order granted to extend the time to file her reply and counter motion. Can I appeal this?

On January 16 I brought to her attention that she was breaking the Stipulation and Order filed with the court. At this time she directed me to only contact her attorney which I did. I filed the motion to reconsider and a motion to show cause of contempt of court for many reasons. These documents... Read more »

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Feb 22, 2021

In my experience, this extension is very commonly offered as a courtesy by either opposing attorneys or by the court. You do have the option to object, however, in my opinion it may not serve you well in the long run if you do return to court.

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