Nevada Divorce Timeline

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Divorce Timeline in Nevada

In any state, getting a divorce can be a long and grueling process. A Nevada divorce typically takes anywhere from a few weeks to several months to obtain. The length of the divorce process depends on the type of divorce that a couple is trying to get. An uncontested divorce can be complete in as little as several days. A contested divorce, however, tends to take at least several months to work out. A Reno-qualified divorce attorney can help you through your divorce proceedings, and hopefully, streamline the process for you.

Determine the Type of Divorce You Need to File For

Nevada offers two types of divorce for a couple to file for:

  • Summary/Joint Petition: The spouses file for divorce together.
  • Contested: The spouses want to get a divorce but cannot agree on one or more issues regarding the divorce.

Prepare the Divorce Files

The most common type of files that must be completed and filed with the court to commence a divorce include:

  • Decree of Divorce or Compliant for Divorce
  • Affidavit of Resident Witness
  • Family Court Cover Sheet

Serve Your Spouse

Once you have completed and filed your divorce forms with the court, you must serve your spouse.

Court Process

It is likely that a summary and joint petition divorce does not have to go to court to finalize their divorce, but a contested divorce oftentimes requires several court visits before it is finalized.

Length of Divorce Proceeding

The length of a divorce in Nevada depends on factors such as:

  • Type of divorce you have filed for (joint petition or contested).
  • Whether there are minor children.
  • How complex the spouses’ estate is
  • The court’s current caseload

Typically, a summary divorce takes around one to three weeks to finalize, a joint petition takes around six weeks to four months to finalize, and a contested divorce takes around three months to complete.

If you are considering a divorce and need assistance with the divorce proceedings, contact Carlson & Work today at 775-386-2226. Our qualified divorce attorneys can help you with your divorce proceeding needs.


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