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Nevada Divorce Information

The following information is to provide a basic understanding of the various aspects of Nevada divorce.

You can get more specific information regarding Nevada divorce laws using the links provided to Nevada divorce laws or at your local library.

This information is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Before taking any action you should seek the advice of an attorney familiar with the laws in the state in which you will be seeking a divorce.

Every effort has been made to assure that the information contained in these pages is accurate however, due to the ever changing nature of the law some material may be outdated or may no longer apply.

Nevada Divorce Resources

Residency Requirements 6 weeks
Where to File The divorce may be filed in the county:
  • Where the cause for divorce occurred
  • Where the defendant resides or may be found
  • Where the plaintiff resides
  • Where the parties last cohabited
Grounds for Divorce Divorce from the bonds of matrimony may be obtained for any of the following causes:
  • Incompatibility
  • When the husband and wife have lived separate and apart for 1 year without cohabitation the court may, in its discretion, grant an absolute decree of divorce at the suit of either party
  • Insanity existing for 2 years prior to the commencement of the action. Upon this cause of action the court, before granting a divorce, shall require corroborative evidence of the insanity of the defendant at that time, and a decree granted on this ground shall not relieve the successful party from contributing to the support and maintenance of the defendant, and the court may require the plaintiff in such action to give bond therefor in an amount to be fixed by the court
Voluntary or required mediation No
Voluntary or recommended CounselingYes
Property Distribution In granting a divorce, the court shall make an equal disposition of the community property of the parties if possible, except that the court may make an unequal disposition of the community property if it finds a compelling reason to do so. If a party has made a contribution of separate property to the acquisition or improvement of property held in joint tenancy, the court may provide for the reimbursement of that party for his contribution. The amount of reimbursement must not exceed the amount of the contribution of separate property that can be traced to the acquisition or improvement of property held in joint tenancy, without interest or any adjustment because of an increase in the value of the property held in joint tenancy. The amount of reimbursement must not exceed the value, at the time of the disposition, of the property held in joint tenancy for which the contribution of separate property was made. In determining whether to provide for the reimbursement, in whole or in part, of a party who has contributed separate property, the court shall consider:
  • The intention of the parties in placing the property in joint tenancy
  • The length of the marriage
  • Any other factor which the court deems relevant in making a just and equitable disposition of that property
As used in this subsection, "contribution" includes a down payment, a payment for the acquisition or improvement of property, and a payment reducing the principal of a loan used to finance the purchase or improvement of property. The term does not include a payment of interest on a loan used to finance the purchase or improvement of property, or a payment made for maintenance, insurance or taxes on property.

If it deems it equitable, the court may also set apart a portion of either spouse's property for the other's support or for the support of their children.
Child Custody The court shall award physical custody in the following order of preference unless in a particular case the best interest of the child requires otherwise:

  • (a) To both parents jointly pursuant to NRS 125C.0025 or to either parent pursuant to NRS 125C.003. If the court does not enter an order awarding joint physical custody of a child after either parent has applied for joint physical custody, the court shall state in its decision the reason for its denial of the parent’s application.
  • (b) To a person or persons in whose home the child has been living and where the child has had a wholesome and stable environment.
  • (c) To any person related within the fifth degree of consanguinity to the child whom the court finds suitable and able to provide proper care and guidance for the child, regardless of whether the relative resides within this State.
  • (d) To any other person or persons whom the court finds suitable and able to provide proper care and guidance for the child.
In determining the best interest of the child, the court shall consider and set forth its specific findings concerning, among other things:
  • (a) The wishes of the child if the child is of sufficient age and capacity to form an intelligent preference as to his or her physical custody.
  • (b) Any nomination of a guardian for the child by a parent.
  • (c) Which parent is more likely to allow the child to have frequent associations and a continuing relationship with the noncustodial parent.
  • (d) The level of conflict between the parents.
  • (e) The ability of the parents to cooperate to meet the needs of the child.
  • (f) The mental and physical health of the parents.
  • (g) The physical, developmental and emotional needs of the child.
  • (h) The nature of the relationship of the child with each parent.
  • (i) The ability of the child to maintain a relationship with any sibling.
  • (j) Any history of parental abuse or neglect of the child or a sibling of the child.
  • (k) Whether either parent or any other person seeking physical custody has engaged in an act of domestic violence against the child, a parent of the child or any other person residing with the child.
  • (l) Whether either parent or any other person seeking physical custody has committed any act of abduction against the child or any other child.
Child Support Child support in the state of Nevada is calculated by taking a percentage of the non-custodial parent's gross income.

"Gross monthly income" is defined as "the total amount of income received each month from any source of a person who is not self-employed, or the gross income from any source of a self-employed person, after deduction of all legitimate business expenses, but without deduction for personal income taxes, contributions for retirement benefits, contributions to a pension or for any other personal expenses."

The minimum amount of support that may be awarded by a court in any case is $100 per month per child, unless the court makes a written finding that the obligor is unable to pay the minimum amount. Willful underemployment or unemployment is not a sufficient cause to deviate from the awarding of at least the minimum amount.
Spousal Support Unless the action is contrary to an enforceable premarital agreement between the parties, the court may award alimony to the wife or the husband, in a lump sum or in payments.

Death or Remarriage. Alimony automatically ceases upon death of either party, or remarriage of the spouse receiving alimony, unless otherwise ordered by the court.


Nevada Divorce Attorneys by County

Click on any NV county below to find a divorce attorney in your area.

Carson City
Churchill
Clark
Douglas
Elko
Esmeralda
Eureka
Humboldt
Lander
Lincoln
Lyon
Mineral
Nye
Pershing
Storey
Washoe
White Pine

Nevada Divorce Mediators by County

Click on any NV county below to find a divorce mediator in your area.

Carson City
Churchill
Clark
Douglas
Elko
Esmeralda
Eureka
Humboldt
Lander
Lincoln
Lyon
Mineral
Nye
Pershing
Storey
Washoe
White Pine

DISCLAIMER:
This information has been compiled directly from the most recently available statutes online for each state. Every effort has been made to assure that this information is correct and complete. Be aware that laws frequently change. Do not take any action based on this information without first consulting an attorney to be certain that the laws pertaining to your particular situation have not changed.

The language used in most cases on this page is legal terminology taken directly from the statutes and laws of each state. The terminology is not always easy to understand. If you are not sure of something you should consult an attorney so that you can fully understand the meaning of the laws.

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