How Long Does It Take to Get a Divorce in Nevada?

Amy Pennza
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Nevada is well-known for quickie weddings. However, divorce in Nevada may take anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on whether or not the divorce is contested.

Residency

Before you can file for divorce in Nevada, you must meet the state's residency requirement. Either the husband or the wife must have lived there for at least six weeks before filing papers, and have the intention of staying in the state of Nevada 'indefinitely.'

Waiting Period

In most states, there is a 'cooling off' or 'waiting period' before a judge can legally sign the divorce decree. However, in Nevada, once the divorce papers are filed, there is no waiting period before a divorce may be granted.

If one side disagrees with the divorce settlement, it generally takes longer to resolve the case. In contested cases, the court must schedule a hearing to make decisions about custody, visitation, marital property division, and any other outstanding issues. According to Nevada law, all issues have to be resolved before the divorce can be final. If the divorce is uncontested and both parties agree on the settlement, the matter can be finalized in just a couple of weeks.

Separation Agreement

You can speed up your divorce by entering into a separation agreement, which sets out how you and your spouse wish to divide all your property. If the court bases its judgment on your agreement, it becomes a legally binding contract.

Resources

Divorces are handled by every county, and in order to go through the divorce process, you will have to seek out the county in which you or your spouse resides. You can check out the self-help resources from the Nevada State court system.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Divorce in Nevada?