It is definitely easier to get married in Nevada than to get divorced.
That’s because, according to the law, marriage is a legally binding contract. Marriage includes assets, legal responsibilities, and of course, kids and pets that must be taken care of as part of the divorce proceedings.
That’s why you need a good divorce attorney who can unravel the chains of legal and emotional ties so you can move on with your life.
Divorce can be complicated so we have compiled the responses to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from our clients in Nevada. There are additional steps to discuss depending on your situation, so don’t hesitate to call Thunder Law if you need help.
Steps to Divorce in Nevada
- The first legal hurdle is that at least one spouse must have been a resident here for a minimum of six weeks before filing for divorce. Nevada is “no fault” which means that you don’t have to prove why you’re considering divorce, but you must claim incompatibility, and that’s enough in our state.
- You must file a “Complaint for Divorce” which is served on your spouse. Most people don’t think of a divorce case as a lawsuit, but you will become the “plaintiff” and your spouse will be the “defendant.”
- You will go before a judge and your lawyer will help you present your case. The judge will rule on issues of child custody, child support, alimony (spousal support), and the division of your community property and any legally binding debts that you’ve incurred.
While divorce can get messy, if the parties can get along, an uncontested divorce or joint petition can be filed. This means that both parties mutually agree to every part of their dissolution, including how assets are divided. These divorces are the least costly because they can move through the system quickly.
We often get asked about annulments as well. This means the court basically says the marriage (legal contract) was invalid, to begin with. While an annulment is sometimes an option, Nevada courts will only grant an annulment in very specific circumstances, for example:
- A “void” marriage where the participants were too closely related to be married, to begin with.
- Non-consent from a parent or guardian when the two parties were underage.
- Fraud; meaning, one person obtained consent from the other by withholding information.
- It’s determined the spouse was not able to understand the legal process of the marriage itself.
Divorce proceedings can be complicated and emotional. The attorneys at Thunder Law are here to help. Once your Decree of Divorce (or other legal documents) are signed by a judge, the legal agreements binding you are dissolved and you are free to immediately pursue a new life.
The legal team at Thunder law has handled hundreds of divorce proceedings and can help you remove yourself from a messy situation and are here to make sure your divorce puts you in the best position possible to start your new life. Contact us today for a consultation regarding your case.