Related Practice Areas

  • Adoption
  • Alimony
  • Annulment
  • Business Valuation
  • Child Custody/Relocation, Support & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Divorce Jurisdiction
  • Emancipation
  • Guardianships
  • Juvenile Law
  • Legal Separations
  • Name Changes
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Paternity
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Separation or Cohabitive Agreements
  • Termination of Parental Rights

Family Law is an extremely complicated and multi-faceted area of law. Fortunately, Black & LoBello understands the nuances of Nevada Law and will assist you in determining the best course of action for you and all those involved.

Adoption

We assist in the placement of children for adoption, representing both adoptive parents and birth parents. It is illegal in the state of Nevada to charge a fee for this service. You do not pay our firm any monies unless and until there is an identified match between birth parent and adoptive parent. Then we charge at our hourly rate to work with a licensed child placing agency to complete the process, which typically involves obtaining Consents or Relinquishments, Terminating Parental Rights, and Finalizing the Adoption.

Alimony

There is no set formula for alimony in Nevada. The Court’s decision regarding alimony is so discretionary, it is impossible to provide an accurate summary due to the number of factors and the different tendencies of the Judges in the Eighth Judicial District Court. Generally, a marriage of five years or more in which one party earns significantly more than the other does, results in an alimony award. The amount and the duration depend on the Judge as well as dozens of other factors. If you have questions regarding whether or not alimony would be awarded and the specific amount that could be anticipated, our attorneys can advise based upon their experiences with any individual Judge on similar facts. Alimony, more so than any other area of family law, is an area that requires the vast experience of Black & LoBello to give appropriate, realistic and reasonable advice particular to your individual case. Your attorney should encourage clients to mitigate their need for alimony as much as practicable, as our years of experience have proven that a person who contributes toward their own support is in a much better position to bring an amicable closure to their marriage. More importantly, a Court is more inclined to award appropriate alimony to someone who is making good faith efforts to contribute toward their own financial needs.

Annulment

Depending upon the circumstances surrounding a marriage, it may be annulled by the Nevada Courts as if it never existed. In the event that a marriage occurred while either party lacked the mental capacity to enter into a contract, occurred while either party was intoxicated, occurred due to certain types of mistakes, occurred while a party was under duress, or occurred based upon fraud, the Courts retain much latitude to determine whether a marriage should be ended by an annulment or a divorce. In the event that you are a Nevada resident, or were married in the State of Nevada, and intend to seek an annulment, it is imperative that you seek the advice of counsel prior to filing a Petition. Black & LoBello understands the nuances of Nevada Law, and will assist you in presenting your case and maximizing your chances of successfully obtaining an Annulment.

Business Valuation

An often overlooked asset of any marriage is an ownership interest in a business. Because a business generates to its owners a stream of income that will continue into the indefinite future, they are often times a far more substantial asset than either of the parties to a divorce anticipate. The value of a business is far more than merely the sum of its parts. Most businesses have what is called a “good will value” which substantially increases the fair market value of the business entity above that which is revealed on an asset and debt schedule. Whereas the lawyers of Black & LoBello have an extensive understanding of the business valuation process, we employ the finest experts to ensure that an accurate determination is made as to the fair market value of the business. We employ only the experts that we know from our experience the Judges respect, and whose opinions as to value that the Court will accept. Often times, the existence of a family owned interest in a business can result in the business being awarded to one spouse and a majority of the other assets being awarded to the other spouse. The most important issue in any business valuation case is obtaining all of the necessary documents in allowing the expert to do his job. Then and only then can the appropriate division of community property be performed. We often attempt to get the opposing party to stipulate to use one business valuator so as to reduce the costs associated with the litigation. If we are unable to procure such an agreement, we also do everything we can to obtain the most respected expert so that the likely result would be the Court adopting our expert’s value.

Child Custody/Relocation, Support & Visitation

Black & LoBello has represented both moving parents and parents objecting to the relocation of their children. We understand both positions and can aggressively fight for you. Before you decide to relocate with your child after a divorce, you need to obtain legal advice and a complete understanding of the law that governs your ability to move when a parenting plan or custody order is in place. When it comes to relocation, timing is everything, and it is important for you to hire an attorney early in the process to ensure that your timing is right. In objecting to the relocation of minor children, Black & LoBello has developed proven strategies to prevent relocation, and is fully aware of what factors the Court will utilize to decide your case.

Divorce

The dissolution of marriage is accomplished by Divorce. Nevada is a no-fault state which means that the reasons for the dissolution of the marriage are often inconsequential. The Court will terminate the marriage and declare the parties single and unmarried persons if one party claims incompatibility. For this reason, we encourage our clients to focus their energies on other areas, rather than focusing on establishing blame for the failed marriage. Once clients re-focus their energy, the legal matters can be readily addressed. Do not hesitate to seek the advice of an attorney as timing can be crucial in a Divorce, and failure to seek the advice of counsel early in the process can drastically affect the outcome of your case. Black & LoBello will advise you in advance as to the potential pitfalls and perils that you face, and will utilize our years of experience in the field of Family Law to protect both your assets and interest.

Divorce Jurisdiction

As it pertains to divorce jurisdiction, the Plaintiff or Defendant must reside in Nevada for the six weeks leading up until the filing of the Complaint for Divorce. This six (6) week requirement is often times abused by individuals from other States with stricter divorce laws. It is not unusual for an individual to come to Nevada and set up a sham residence in an attempt to meet the residency requirements to obtain a divorce. If such jurisdictional conflicts exist, it is crucial that you consult with an attorney immediately. Failure to raise jurisdictional objections prior to responding to a Complaint for Divorce, or appearing in Court, may result in you being subject to the jurisdiction of the Court regardless of such jurisdictional defenses depending upon the circumstances of your case.

Paternity

While modern DNA technology has made it easier for Courts to determine biological parentage, Nevada’s recognition of the rights of non-biological parents has added much complexity in the area of paternity. Black & LoBello has successfully fought to establish the parental rights of both biological and non-biological parents, and is fully aware of the hidden complexities in paternity actions. As in many other practice fields, timing can be crucial in a paternity case and seeking the advice of counsel early in the process can affect the outcome of your case.

Separation or Cohabitive Agreements

Engaged, married or cohabiting couples may enter into agreements defining their property rights, and depending upon the type of agreement, their support and other rights and obligations. Such agreements require special expertise and attention. A well drafted agreement may serve as the foundation of an estate plan and may reduce the cost and uncertainty of litigation, should the marriage end by divorce.

Termination of Parental Rights

In all termination of parental rights proceedings, the best interests of the child must be the primary consideration. In deciding whether to terminate parental rights, the District Court must always consider the best interests of the child in conjunction with a finding of parental fault. The Nevada Supreme Court has said that severance of the parent-child relationship is tantamount to imposition of a civil death penalty. The laws affecting termination of parental rights are continuously evolving in the courts. We have the expertise to evaluate each case in accordance with the statutes and current law.

Practicing Attorneys

Michele T. LoBello

Founding Partner

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