Reno Divorce Lawyers

Divorcing someone you thought you’d spend a lifetime with is emotional and stressful. It can be a difficult decision for the party seeking a divorce. And, at times blind side the other party. Divorce is especially arduous when children are involved. The Reno divorce lawyers at Carlson & Work aim to alleviate this stress. Our lawyers represent clients in contested and uncontested divorces. We listen to your concerns, evaluate your situation, and give counsel based on Nevada law.

Our goal is to facilitate the divorce process, ensure your legal rights, and the best interests of your children are protected. We offer a fresh perspective to the legal system. Our clients deserve open and honest communication. Our skilled legal team works diligently to help reduce fear and anxiety during the divorce process so you can move on free from any regret. 

Why Choose Carlson & Work Divorce Lawyers?

  • We have the skills and experience to meet clients’ unique needs.
  • We keep up to date on Nevada laws and best practices in Reno divorce law.
  • We have a collaborative legal team who can practice across diverse family law matters.
  • We create long-term client relationships, resulting in client satisfaction. 
  • We utilize internal resources to accelerate divorce case efficiency. 
  • We are your advocate and problem solver. 

Nevada Divorce Laws

How do I File for Divorce?

For individuals seeking a dissolution of marriage, he or she will file a complaint for divorce with the district court. Then, the other spouse will respond through a counterclaim. If the spouse fails to respond or is in agreement, your divorce will be uncontested. Nevada refers to this process as a “joint petition” or “summary divorce.” Couples may file for a joint petition if they agree to the allocation or assets and parental rights. Nevada Revised Statute 125.181 details eligibility for filing a summary proceeding. 

On the other hand, if one spouse determines there are issues to resolve like alimony or division of assets, then the divorce will be considered contested. A judge will grant a dissolution of marriage when grounds for a divorce exist. In granting a divorce, the court may award alimony, determine child custody and support, and divide marital assets. In some cases, a judge may also order one spouse to cover attorneys fees related to the divorce proceedings.

Visit our family law and divorce resources page for additional guides and helpful links.

What are the Residency Requirements for Divorce?

Couples file for divorce in the county in which they reside. Nevada residency rules require at least one of the parties to reside in Nevada for at least six weeks before filing. If you and your spouse no longer live in the same county, the divorce can be filed in one of the two counties you and your spouse are living in. If the residency requirements are not met, you may be able to file for a legal separation. Or you’ll need to establish Nevada residency before filing for divorce. 

Visit our family law overview page for more information on Reno divorces. 

What is a Legal Separation in Nevada?

Legal separation is also referred to as separate maintenance. In this event, a court will determine major decisions similar to a divorce, while still enjoying some benefits of marriage. For example, the court will determine child custody, child support, visitation schedules, alimony, and division of marital property. However, in a legal separation, you and your spouse can still retain your shared health insurance and file your taxes jointly. Nevada law prevents some decisions that would otherwise be made in a divorce during a legal separation. This may be a good option for you depending on your situation. 

Our legal separation attorneys practice in Washoe County and Northern Nevada. 

How is Community Property / Marital Property Divided?

Nevada is a community property state. Both assets and debts acquired during the marriage are divided equally by the court. There are exceptions, of course. Separate property such as gifts, inheritances or assets identified in a prenup agreement are excluded from community property. A top Reno divorce lawyer will help you reach an agreement on property division with your spouse. 

Do You Need a Reno Divorce Attorney?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nevada’s divorce rate was the third highest in 2019. Marriage and divorce are key events that shape your health and happiness. Our Reno divorce attorneys at Carlson & Work provide expert legal advice when faced with these decisions. We are here to help you navigate through all areas of divorce. 

  • Contested Divorce
  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Child Custody and Support
  • Child Visitation
  • Alimony or Spousal Support
  • Legal Separation
  • High Net Worth Divorce
  • Property Division
  • Modifications

The best way to navigate through these factors is to hire a divorce attorney in Reno. Your lawyer will negotiate your divorce settlement on your behalf so you can focus on things that truly matter. Your lawyer will work toward an effective and efficient resolution for your legal matters.


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