Divorce Attorneys in Reno, NV

Reno's Top Divorce Lawyers

Divorce Law matters can be daunting. Oftentimes, they involve the most precious aspect of your life, your children. This process can be intimidating for anyone. 

Don’t go through it alone. We will carefully listen to your concerns, and your goals and put together a plan of attack.

Call today to schedule to speak to one of our top family law attorneys. Carlson & Work is Northern Nevada’s #1 rated and reviewed family law firm.

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Need a Nevada Divorce? We Can Help

Going through a divorce is a difficult and emotional process. No one gets married with the intention of getting divorced. Even if your spouse and you are on speaking terms, a divorce can be difficult and painful. Sadly, in most cases, at least one of the spouses is vengeful and angry. This can make it far more difficult for everyone, especially for the children.

At Carlson & Work, we understand the emotional toll that any divorce can have and that the outcome of a divorce can have lifelong effects. That is why we approach our clients with compassion and empathy.

Additionally, we always consider our client’s goals first. We then fight for our clients with every legal alternative available.

Carlson & Work Reno divorce attorneys, has the expertise and the skill to reduce the level of bitterness and acrimony that is typically present in a divorce. Carlson & Work is frequently able to settle divorce cases with a favorable outcome which helps to reduce the cost of a divorce and reduces hostile litigation.

To find out how Carlson & Work can assist you with your divorce, you can call them at 775-386-2226 and schedule an initial consultation. Carlson & Work helps people from Sparks, Reno, and other nearby areas in Nevada.

There are Many Types of Divorce in Nevada

  • Complaint for Divorce
  • Joint Petition
  • Marriage Settlement Agreement
  • Spousal and Child Support
  • Asset Retention
  • Contested & Uncontested
  • Divorce With & Without Children
When you retain Carlson & Work you will have a dedicated attorney by your side.

Client Testimonials

Lauren R. ★★★★★ Kathleen is an exceptional attorney. Throughout my divorce, she provided unwavering support, sound advice, and showcased unmatched professionalism. Her expertise and compassion made a challenging time more manageable. Highly recommend her services to anyone in need of a diligent and understanding legal advocate.Elliöt M. ★★★★★ I was told I didn’t have a case by three other attorney, Rebecca told me she would take my case and was upfront about expectations, one year of court later and she made the impossible, possible. Thank you for sticking w me!Mar S. ★★★★★ What a friendly group of professionals. Let’s face it, no one wants to be dealing with an attorney, but if you’re in the position and you need one, this should be your first call! A+.Kimberly A. ★★★★★ Carlson and Work is absolutely top notch in everything they do, communication, preparation, honesty, everything about the way they operate their firm is top flight and refreshing. If you’re in a bind, give the a ring!Fer A. ★★★★★ If you need someone in your corner, during the most challenging parts of your life, Mathew Work is the kind of guy you hope to have in your foxhole with you. He will fight tooth and nail for you like family and speak to you with bluntness lost in these times. He is simply the best.Ana A. ★★★★★ I can’t thank Mathew, Rebecca and the team for everything they have accomplished in such a short amount of time, in a couple months, I went from hopeless to so hopeful about what my future and my family’s future holds!Jacqueline ★★★★★ I had the opportunity to work with Rebecca Carlson and Nichole in my custody case. They were compassionate, professional, and always told me how it was, even when the news was difficult. I really respect their humble approach to dealing with clients and their willingness to explain things multiple times to make sure I understood exactly what was happening throughout the entire process of my Litigation, if you’re in a bind, these are your people!Saira M. ★★★★★ The entire team at Carlson Work was communicative, kind, and very honest throughout my entire time with them. I was represented by a previous firm, and this firm was able to accomplish in four months with the other firm, couldn’t accomplish in nearly 2 years regarding my custody case five stars isn’t enough to express my gratitude to the team.STEPHANY JACQUELINE SÁNCHEZ M. ★★★★★ Carlson & Work is made up of kind people with hearts of gold who are willing to go to battle for their clients! I am so grateful they still build business on principles!SAMPEDRO HOYOS NOE R. ★★★★★ Kathleen fought for my family like she was part of it. I'll never forget the life changing impact attorney Mangan has made for the health and well being of my children.Marco Antonio Zepeda G. ★★★★★ If you're dealing with family law stuff, you've got to check out Rebecca and her team at Carlson & Work. They really know their stuff and they get how tough these situations can be. Rebecca is super understanding and makes you feel like you're not just another case. Her team is all about making things clear and less overwhelming for you. They're really supportive and make a hard process a bit easier to handle. Seriously, for anything family law-related, Rebecca and her crew are the people you want on your side. They're awesome.Paul A. ★★★★★ Matthew Work is a lawyer who's not just great at his job, but he's also super kind-hearted. He really listens and cares, making you feel supported and not just like another case. It's like talking to a friend who knows all about law. He makes the whole legal thing feel less scary and more human. It's awesome to have a lawyer who's not only smart but also genuinely cares about you.Response from the ownerThanks so much for the kind words. MENDOZA OSEGUERA SAYURI Y. ★★★★★ The entire support staff was on top of communication and made working with the attorneys streamline. I really appreciated that I was always kept up to speed and given option to collaborate with the progress of the case. I can’t recommend this team enough. Five stars.diana marlene salas S. ★★★★★ I was referring to Mathew Work for an injury case by my Barber, he was all the hype and more. Down to earth guy and spoke to me like a human throughout the process. Very happy with my settlement and the way my case was managed by Mathew.Argut S. ★★★★★ I went through a very long child custody battle with Rebecca. She never gave up on me, never lost hope, and in the end I was awarded primary physical custody. Thanks to her hard work.Kimberly C. ★★★★★ I am extremely pleased with the firm's handling of my case. Their expertise and support throughout the process were invaluable. Everything was conducted in a timely and professional manner. The outcome exceeded my expectations, and I highly recommend their services to anyone facing similar legal challenges.Response from the ownerThank you so much for the kind words! We greatly appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day. Emmanuel G. ★★★★★ Five. Stars! This law firm is one of the best businesses and group of professionals I've ever worked with. Look no further it doesn't get better in Reno.Response from the ownerMr. Garcia, thank you for taking the time to share this. It means a ton to us. jessica ramirez R. ★★★★★ Mathew and Lauren were the two attorneys I interfaced with during my case. They were both patient, dynamic and honest. They set expectations and kept me up to speed throughout the entire court process.Response from the ownerThank you Jessica! We agree, Lauren is an amazingly hardworking attorney. EDWARDO “CK” H. ★★★★★ I can’t think you all enough. You were patient, kind, dedicated for the last six months, and we finally achieved the results. We set out too. If you’re like me and looking for honest and aggressive, legal assistance, this is your team.Response from the ownerThanks Ed! We are thankful for you. Abbie ★★★★★ Mathew and his team were incredible to work with. Obviously, anytime you’re working with an attorney. It can be otherwise stressful but somehow this team makes it very stress-free and personal.Response from the ownerThans Abbie! We do our best to do what's right for our clients! Thank you for taking the time to share your kind words. Eren S. ★★★★★ I've got to give some real talk about my attorney, Mathew. At first, he might come off a bit rough around the edges, and I won't lie, it took me a minute to get used to it. But, as time went on, I started to truly appreciate that side of him. It's like his no-nonsense approach is actually one of his strengths. He cuts through the fluff, gets down to business, and genuinely has your back. Weirdly enough, I've come to love that about him. If you want someone straightforward and fiercely on your side, Mathew's the real deal.Response from the ownerThank you so much for the kind words and taking the time to share this! Louis D. ★★★★★ I've got to share about my experience with my custody attorney, Lauren. Going through a custody battle is never easy, but Lauren was a true anchor throughout. She didn't just feed me legal jargon or false promises. She was honest from the get-go, even when the truth was hard to swallow. And you know how sometimes it feels like you're in the dark with legal stuff? Not with Lauren. She made sure I was always in the loop and understood each step. It felt like I had a friend guiding me, someone genuinely on my side. If you're diving into the maze of custody battles and need a steady hand, Lauren is the one you'd want by your side. She's been a godsend.Response from the ownerWe agree, Lauren ROCKS! Alessandro S. ★★★★★ Had to write this about Mathew Work – he's such a breath of fresh air in the legal world. I've met lawyers before, but none as approachable and genuine as him. The whole time we worked together, he kept things real and was straight-up honest, no sugarcoating. It felt like having a knowledgeable friend on my side, guiding me through everything. If you're looking for someone down-to-earth and trustworthy, Mathew's your guy. So glad I found him.Response from the ownerMr. Work.. WORKS really hard to help all his clients. Thank you! Welen E. ★★★★★ Lauren Driscoll stands out as an exemplary attorney in the realm of family law. Her intelligence and keen understanding of the intricacies of the legal system are commendable. More than her vast knowledge, it’s the way she took the time to meticulously explain the family law process to me that left a lasting impression. With Lauren, I felt informed, empowered, and confident at every turn. I can’t express enough gratitude for her guidance and support throughout the entire process. Highly recommended!Response from the ownerIsn't she great! We are very grateful for your kind words. Toby H. ★★★★★ Rebecca Carlson is an exceptional attorney. Her aggressive approach ensured we were always a step ahead, and her meticulous preparation before trial was evident. Meeting with Rebecca to discuss questions was invaluable; it not only showcased her commitment but also significantly eased my nerves. Truly grateful for her unparalleled dedication and expertise. Don’t wait, call this girl today!Response from the ownerWe couldn't agree more, Rebecca is one of the hardest working women you will ever meet. Thank you for recognizing her hard work. Zhang A. ★★★★★ Rebecca was absolutely spectacular throughout my case. She exceeded at preparatory efforts and I felt reassured knowing what was coming next. What a pleasant surprise working with lawyers! Five stars!!!Response from the ownerThank you so much for your amazing review! SOLIS CAMACHO MARIO A. ★★★★★ I was referred to Rebecca by a close friend, who had similar positive results. She is an absolute force to be reckoned with. Five stars!Thanks Becca!Response from the ownerThank you for the awesome review! We appreciate you! Maria M. ★★★★★ Rebecca is an amazing lawyer who really gets it. She took the time to listen to all my custody concerns, showing she truly cared. Not only did she understand what I was going through, but she also worked wonders in court. Thanks to her, we got great results. It felt like having a friend in my corner who also happens to be a legal whiz!Response from the ownerWe always work hard to try to understand our clients at a personal level. Thank you for seeing that quality in us and sharing your opinion! omar O. ★★★★★ What sets Mathew Work apart is not only his legal acumen but also his dedication to achieving the best possible outcome for his clients. He fought tirelessly on my behalf, and the results exceeded my expectations.If you're in search of an attorney who combines expertise, compassion, and an unwavering commitment to your case, I wholeheartedly recommend Mathew Work. He is a true advocate for justice, and I am grateful to have had him by my side.Thank you, Mathew , for your outstanding legal representation and for making a positive impact on my life.Mauro T. ★★★★★ The entire team was patient and on top of tasks as the case progressed. If you're looking for a law firm that gets results, these are your people! Five stars!Crystal W. ★★★★★ Rebecca’s dedication and expertise shine through in her tireless efforts. Her commitment to achieving favorable case outcomes is evident, making her a valuable asset to the firm.Melania A. ★★★★★ Kathleen and the entire staff at Carlson & Work offer more than just friendliness. They provide unwavering support, standing by their clients throughout the legal challenges they face.Mr. J. ★★★★★ Lauren’s standout attribute is her exceptional communication skills. She not only communicates promptly but also excels in simplifying complex legal jargon, ensuring clients fully comprehend their situations.Patrick M. ★★★★★ Rebecca Carlson deserves nothing less than five stars. In court, her performance was unparalleled, clearly outshining the opposing attorney. Rebecca’s preparation was evident, showcasing her dedication and meticulous attention to every detail. What stood out even more was her passion, driving her to advocate fervently for my cause. She was unquestionably more prepared and passionate than her counterpart. Highly recommend Rebecca for anyone seeking top-notch legal representation.Ago G. ★★★★★ Carlson & Work’s excellence in communication goes a long way. Their responsiveness and clarity in explaining legal matters instill confidence in their clients, ensuring you’re always in the loop and understand the process.Fabio A. ★★★★★ Five stars aren't enough for Mathew Work! Prior to engaging him, I had another attorney where I only ever managed to speak with the supporting staff. The contrast was night and day when I switched to Mathew. He took charge of my personal injury case with an unparalleled personal touch. Every call, every query, every concern – it was always Mathew directly addressing them, ensuring I felt valued and informed. His deep commitment and passion for his clients' well-being is evident in his direct involvement. I can't express enough how much his hands-on approach made a world of difference in my case. Truly exceptional service!Agata M. ★★★★★ Five stars for Kathleen and Lauren! Amidst a grueling family law trial, their tenacity, expertise, and unwavering support were invaluable. Their combined efforts and dedication ensured the best possible outcome. A dynamic duo that shines even in the toughest situations. Highly recommend!Carolina L. ★★★★★ Mathew Work is remarkable! Navigated my personal injury case swiftly and thoroughly. His expertise made the process smooth and stress-free. Highly recommended for his efficiency and precision!Alegría M. ★★★★★ Rebecca Carlson is a phenomenal attorney. Not only was her pricing remarkably affordable, but her patience and thorough explanations throughout my case were incredibly reassuring. Rebecca made a point to keep me informed about the billing and consistently updated me on the progress of my case, ensuring transparency and understanding at every step. I felt in safe and competent hands. Highly recommend her exemplary services!Psic. Araceli B. ★★★★★ Working with Carlson & Work was truly a stress-free and positive experience. The entire team was super friendly and always ready to help. They made sure to keep me in the loop, ensuring I understood every step of the legal process. Communications were clear, and all my questions were answered promptly and simply. I felt supported and valued as a client. Their professional yet down-to-earth approach made them stand out. I highly recommend them!Ara M. ★★★★★ Lauren has been an incredible impact on my life and my family. She is kind compassionate and sharp. Look no further if you can't risk the outcome of your case!Sandra A. ★★★★★ Kathleen has been remarkably savvy and direct. She is firm, aggressive and smart beyond measure. If you are looking for one of the best, Kathleen is your girl!js_loader

Carlson & Work is a Reno Law Firm You Can Trust

Carlson & Work is frequently able to settle the tougher cases and avoid the necessity for a long-drawn-out expensive litigation in divorce. He has years of experience as a trial attorney and is able to get the results in court if opting for a settlement isn’t in your best interest. Carlson & Work is fully committed to resolving disputes as amicably as he can however, he understands that this isn’t always possible.

Carlson & Work has the experience and the skills to protect your rights during the entire litigation process. Often, once the opposing side understands that he won’t accept anything less than a fair resolution and he isn’t afraid to take the case to trial, they greatly improve the offer for a settlement as the trial date draws near.

When you call the Law Offices of Carlson & Work, you’ll be dealing with a team of experienced family law attorneys. We handle each and every aspect of your case. If you’ve considered divorce in Sparks or Reno or the surrounding area in Nevada, the Law Offices of Carlson & Work are here to assist you.

Nevada Divorce Law FAQs

There are specific matters that must be settled during a divorce proceeding. These matters include:

Common Divorce Considerations

  • Duration of The Marriage
  • Whether One Spouse Committed Marital Waste
  • Earning Capacity
  • Marital Roles During Marriage
  • Whether One Spouse Has Violated a Financial Restraining Order

The most complex aspects of a divorce is whether or not the divorce is contested or uncontested. All of the marital property must be divided. This includes all of the assets and all of the debts.

When two people can’t agree on things, it typically involved what is referred to as a contested divorce. They will have to exchange financial information and involve a judge for the divorce to go through. Only a few cases will actually wind up going to trial in an effort to resolve all of the disputes. Clearly contested divorces are far more complicated than those that aren’t contested. The level of complication can vary greatly depending on the situation including how much property is involved and the complexity of the financial issues for both of the parties.

Carlson & Work  begins by collecting a detailed financial statement from both parties. One challenge in a contested divorce is ensuring that all of the assets and debts are fully disclosed at the time of filing. These must then be valued accurately. Typically the spouse that has the most to lose tries to hide some of the assets or lower their value to make them appear as if they are worth far less than the actual value. This is why you should hire an experienced divorce lawyer like Carlson & Work.

Additionally, Carlson & Work  works routinely with forensic accountants to ensure that the actual value of the assets is all revealed so that all of the property division and alimony amounts are equitable and fair. All too often, divorce attorneys shy away from court. Attorneys Rebecca Carlson and Mathew Work are strong advocates and are not afraid to go to court if that is what it takes to resolve the issue.

Couples that can reach an agreement on the terms of the divorce can go with an uncontested divorce. This is an ideal option if they agree on everything. It will be far less costly and can definitely keep the case out of court. You won’t have to call an attorney if you’re seeking an uncontested divorce, however, there are a few good reasons that you should consider calling an attorney.

First, it’s easy to miss important details in a divorce agreement. You might have to start completely over if something isn’t filled out correctly. An experienced divorce lawyer can take the time to review your agreement and help you to draft an agreement that is enforceable and ensure that all of the details are properly filled out. This will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

Secondly, you’ll need to be aware of your rights and that all of your agreements are truly fair and equitable to both of you. A divorce is a very emotional time, even if the divorce is amicable. Spouses who are feeling guilt or simply want to have it all over with often settle for things that they shouldn’t. They agree to things that aren’t equitable or fair just so that they can move on with their lives. It’s important to remember that these documents are final and you can’t go back and change them later if you later change your mind or decide that things aren’t fair.

A lot of people don’t understand what their rights are in a Nevada divorce. Every state has specific laws and these can vary greatly from one state to another. Laws can change over time as well. Nevada is what is considered to be a “no-fault” state. While you won’t be penalized for your contribution to the breakdown of the marriage, you shouldn’t believe that you have to give it all up just because you’re afraid that you’d lose everything in court due to your contribution to the breakdown. That’s not how the laws work in the state of Nevada.

Uncontested divorces are an ideal option for some couples, however, it’s always wise to consult with an experienced divorce attorney before you file the paperwork.

A confusing aspect of divorce is that of no-fault. Nevada is considered to be a no-fault state. This means that regardless of who cheated on who or who did what, the courts aren’t going to penalize either of the parties for their misbehaviors during the marriage. Such things as property division and alimony aren’t affected within the marriage like infidelity or minor substance abuse. Many find this to be a huge relief, others will feel as if they have been hugely wronged and this can be hard to accept, but in the state of Nevada, it doesn’t matter. Prepare yourself. If you try to air the dirty laundry in court, the courts are likely going to frown on you and you’re not going to get what you’re seeking.

The main exception is what is referred to as “community waste or marital waste”. If someone was cheating and spent a large sum of money or their marital assets on the girlfriend or boyfriend it can constitute community waste. Gambling losses may also qualify for this term. Community waste applies to a spouse that intentionally squanders marital assets with the intent of depriving the other party of their share. Community waste can affect property division and financial decisions.

A few aspects of a divorce agreement can be modified at a later date if need be. For example, It’s possible that alimony or child support may be modified at a later date. This will happen if one spouse or the other changes jobs and earns more or less than previously. They can then petition the courts to change the amount of money that is paid out or in.

If the spouse that is paying the alimony or child support sees that the receiving spouse has an increase in their income they may petition the court for a different amount as well.

Property division is rarely modified. Typically, once the judge has decided on the property division, there is no way to change it. However, if a spouse intentionally hides an asset that is valuable, it might be possible to return to the court and receive your equitable share.

Child visitation and custody orders can also be modified under specific circumstances.

A legal separation is an ideal option if a couple is unsure of whether or not they should follow through with a divorce. If the couple is considering it but not yet sure they may go this route.

While a legal separation entails all of the same paperwork, it won’t dissolve the marriage. It’s frequently just as costly. They will deal with all of the same issues and situations like property division and settlements. All of the work and cost of the divorce is quite similar. Yet, the marriage won’t be ended and neither party can remarry.

Legal separations are preferred by some for religious reasons and other reasons like maintaining Social Security or health insurance.

Annulments aren’t the same as a divorce. A divorce dissolves the marriage; an annulment renders the marriage null and void as if it never happened. An annulment is rarely given in the state of Nevada. Only under specific circumstances is an annulment granted.

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