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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Nevada on
Q: Hi,I have a step son and he has 2 last names. Taylor-O’Neill.Which name would be used as his last name, e.g in school?

We agreed on the hyphenated last name so the mother was happy, but overall we wanted him to have his dads last name(O’Neill). Was it wrong how we hyphenated it. Is the first last name what places,business, etc go by? Thank you.

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Bonnie M Lonardo
answered on Feb 28, 2022

if the legal name is hyphenated, the entire hyphenated name should be used as his last name.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Nevada on
Q: I difnt know I owed child support cause I thought my parental rights were taken from all 3 of my kids not just 1

I owe 20000 now I found out when they took my stimulus n refund last year.My ex told child support he didnt want the money but they are still pursuing.can I get this dismissed?

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Bonnie M Lonardo
answered on Feb 12, 2022

Your ex can contact District Attorney child support division and request to 'waive' the outstanding child support arrears.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Nevada on
Q: 50/50 custody. Steps to move out of state with children; if ex husband will not permit it?

Ex husband will nor come to an understanding or arrangement.

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answered on Feb 7, 2022

Unless your Order gave you permission to relocate with the children, it is best not to do so without either the other party's consent or Judge approval as you will likely be Ordered to return the children, may have to pay for the other side's attorney fees and/or may cause the judge to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Nevada on
Q: Can a hearing date be moved without a pro se litigant being notified? If not, what can I do about the outcome?

I had a hearing scheduled for my case get postponed until another hearing scheduled for 21 days later occurred. However, the judge and opposing party both were in court on the date for MY case but were discussing the other case. I almost didn't show up, even called the clerk of the court to... Read more »

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answered on Jan 25, 2022

Hearing dates are fluid and are constantly subject to being changed for many different reasons some of which can be due to the court's calendar or counsel's conflict. If a court hearing is changed, you should have received a notice giving you the new hearing date. Although I understand... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Nevada on
Q: Can my ex put our son in a school without my permission?

My ex husband and I share 50/50 custody of our sons. We agreed to pull our 5 year old out of kindergarten due to us believing he is not ready for school yet. We had agreed not to force him to go to dads when he is refusing to go and now he is also forcing him to go after telling him he wouldn’t.... Read more »

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answered on Jan 25, 2022

this answer depends on your decree. if you both share joint legal custody, it is customary for both parents to be involved in this type of school decision - unless your decree states differently. Further, giving a five year old the right to decide on custody/timeshare is not something a judge... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Nevada on
Q: Me & my now ex wife , had filed for divorce. We agreed on each person keeping their own stuff , we did not do 50/50 on

anything. The divorce status says case is closed. She is now saying she is going to sue me/change divorce because I recently sold my house & she wants money from that . Is she able to sue me or do that ? (Also I bought the house 4 years before we got married)

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Bonnie M Lonardo
answered on Dec 10, 2021

Once the divorce has been finalized and the notice of entry of Decree has been filed your divorce is final and the parties are bound by the Orders in the Decree.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Nevada on
Q: How do I get my kids father to stop drunk texting me in the middle of the night.

My kids father no longer has legal or physical custody. He has chosen to not sew or talk to them in a year. But now he's starting to text me in the middle of the night drunk or on drugs or both. How do I get him to stop. Also says hes working but I have not been able to get the DA office to... Read more »

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answered on Dec 6, 2021

your message does to specify whether the custody arrangement is a court order or based on the fact that Dad has chosen not to speak to the child for a year. If there is no legal custody order in place, I suggest you file a Complaint with the court and address the child support in the same matter.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Nevada on
Q: Father lived in Las Vegas, passed away Feb 21, was told May 21, how can I find out if I am in his will?

I live in Florida, and last time we spoke he stated he was leaving his children a will or something, his current wife, who married him, while was still living with my mother, seems to have recently sold the house they were living in.

How can I find out if he had a will, and left us his... Read more »

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Bonnie M Lonardo
answered on Dec 2, 2021

this is something you need to speak to an attorney who practices estate and probate law.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Nevada on
Q: Non custodial parent wants joint custody. He is not on birth certificate. He never paid child support.

He waited 9 years to establish paternity test. He is lying about being in the child’s life. He only sees her whenever he wants to. Can he still get joint custody.

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Bonnie M Lonardo
answered on Dec 2, 2021

Although it may seem unfair, if he can prove paternity and wishes to be in the child's life, even after 9 years of no relationship with the child, it is likely that the judge may give him some type of custody/visitation rights.

It all depends on the particular situation and thus you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Nevada on
Q: Do I have a legal right to know who is around my child when with the other parent if I have primary custody?

I have primary but share legal. Other parent refuses to let me know who's around our child when in her custody.

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Bonnie M Lonardo
answered on Nov 29, 2021

Normally speaking, a parent in a custody/divorce case with children does have the right to know where and with whom their children are spending time with. I say normally, because at times this gets a bit tricky with the parents becoming unreasonable in this request. Parents, during their assigned... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Domestic Violence for Nevada on
Q: My ex and her mom took my cats to a shelter when I wasn't home because my gf and I got in a fight. I lived here; crime?

My ex and I got into a fight when my ex was mad at me that I decided to come home to use the bathroom before a new job. She thought I was going to be late. When I went to leave, she followed me to my car. She damaged my property. She hit my car window with her hand she kicked my car. She grabbed my... Read more »

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Bonnie M Lonardo
answered on Nov 22, 2021

Hello,

I am so sorry you are going through this. These situations are never easy. Unfortunately, our firm practices family law and it seems like you may need to find an attorney who can assist you with a domestic abuse case.

I wish you all the best.

-Bonnie Lonardo, ESQ.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Nevada on
Q: I just discovered I have a 20 year old son. His mother denied he was mine then. Can she file retroactive support?
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Bonnie M Lonardo
answered on Nov 21, 2021

It is very unlikely that you will be made responsible for a child you had no knowledge of. It is best to speak to an attorney to better understand the specifics of your case and discuss your rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Nevada on
Q: If I told my spouse that I have had an addiction to meth, is that considered domestic violence?

My wife filed a TPO because I informed her that I would use meth off and on for the past two years. She’s claiming that my behavior was a threat to her and our kids safety and that constitutes domestic violence acts against her and our two daughters. Is she right? I know I did wrong, but I told... Read more »

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Bonnie M Lonardo
answered on Nov 15, 2021

Under the Nevada Statues, the following are acts that constitute Domestic Violence - an addiction to meth is not included in this list.

battery; assault; forcing or threatening force to compel someone to do something they have a right to refuse; sexual assault; harassing behaviors, such as...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Nevada on
Q: What can i do if a judge is being bias in my custody case

A ruling was made and i filed an appeal does the same judge have say so over my appeal

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answered on Nov 15, 2021

Normally when a case in family law is appealed, it goes to the Court of Appeals and has a new judge assigned. It is important to know that appeals are very lengthy, costly and complicated and not every case can be appealed.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Nevada on
Q: Trying to move out of Nevada with minor son, no custody order. What do I need to do in order to move legally?

I am the primary custodial parent, child lives with me full time.

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Bonnie M Lonardo
answered on Nov 7, 2021

As long as there is no court involvement, you are legally free to move with your child out of state. Both parents have the same rights to their children absent any court orders and thus the other parent may oppose this move and may file a motion with the court that may prevent your move.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Probate for Nevada on
Q: Living in family owned home father died.

His wife trying to evict me. Can I stay this and compel the will be produced?How do I go about this? A general form to compell to produce the WILL and stay eviction.

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Bonnie M Lonardo
answered on Nov 4, 2021

Your situation sounds like it may benefit from speaking to a probate attorney. unfortunately our firm doesn't handle these types of matters but I am certain you can get assistance from a probate attorney. wishing you the best.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Nevada on
Q: Judge gave custody of children to ex-husband. They do not want to live with father. Judge won't ask children. What to do

I've been in custody fight for 2 years. Court recently awarded father custody. My children don't want to live with their father, but judge won't speak with them (Girls- Ages 10, 12, 13) When I took them to meeting place, they would not go with thier father and police came. Police did... Read more »

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answered on Nov 3, 2021

Although I understand and sympathize with your situation, generally speaking children younger than 15 or 16 years of age do not usually get to make decision as to custody preference. However, you might be able to have the children interviewed to see if the children's hesitation to go with the... Read more »

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 »

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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 »

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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.

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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.

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