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Filing for Divorce in Las Vegas

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If you are considering filing for divorce in Las Vegas, Nevada, consult a Las Vegas divorce lawyer from Leavitt Law Firm. We will assess your legal needs and determine the best course of action for you. When your family's well-being is on the line, we know that you deserve excellent legal representation to protect the people you hold dear to your heart as well as your assets and interests.

Filing for Divorce in Nevada

Couple getting divorcedDivorce is hardly ever cut and dry. In fact, there is no single solution to divorce, and it can be one of the most emotional and complex areas of law. Oftentimes, couples filing for divorce can feel overwhelmed by the legal process while trying to balance everyday responsibilities, particularly to their children and work. With the right legal representation, however, Leavitt Law Firm believes that you can achieve a fast and easy divorce.

We know that you do not want to be stuck in an endless courtroom battle. We know that you want to move on from this time in your life quickly and with the least amount of pain and heartache as possible. Let us simplify the legal process for you.

Contact Leavitt Law Firm at (702) 996-6052 for your confidential evaluation.

How Do I Get a Divorce in Las Vegas?

In order to get a divorce in Las Vegas for an uncontested divorce or collaborative divorce, you must be a Nevada resident for at least six weeks before filing for divorce, along with the following documents:

  • Joint Petition Application - Request form that Las Vegas courts grant for divorce.
  • Resident Witness Affidavit - Document for third-party witnesses to fill out with proof you've lived in Nevada for at least six weeks.

Individuals who are considering divorce must also carefully prepare for related matters, such as child support, child custody, property distribution, visitation rights, and alimony.

It is recommended to consider a contested divorce if both parties do not agree on issues such as custody, support, alimony, or visitation. Nevada recognizes different types of divorce, and we can assist in any of these areas.

What do I need when filing for divorce?

Divorce laws in Nevada are fairly straightforward, if you adhere to state regulations and requirements. Whether your divorce is contested or collaborative, you or your spouse will be required to fill out a significant amount of paperwork. If you are the spouse responsible for completing the paperwork, you’ll need to “serve” the documents to the non-filing spouse. The non-filing spouse then has 20 days to respond to the documents you served.

When filing for divorce, you’ll need the following documents:

  • Decree of Divorce;
  • Affidavit;
  • Certificate of Service or Waiver;
  • Child Welfare and Identification Sheet (if there are minor children); and
  • Summons (if you and your spouse cannot agree on the terms and issues of your divorce).

    How Long Does Divorce Take in Nevada?

    Divorce in Nevada can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the type of divorce. In general, the amount of time it takes to get a final decree can be broken down accordingly:

    • Summary: 1–3 weeks
    • Uncontested formal: Up to 6 weeks
    • Uncontested divorce by publication: Up to 4 months
    • Contested: Up to 3 months (or longer if the division of property gets very complex).

    Is Nevada a No-Fault State for Divorce?

    Yes, Nevada is a no-fault divorce state, which means that you are not required to prove that the other spouse has committed any type of wrongdoing. Generally, no-fault divorces are granted due to:

    • Incompatibility;
    • Irreconcilable differences;
    • Irretrievable breakdown of a marriage; or
    • Having been separated for a minimum of 12 months.

    Uncontested Vs. Contested Divorce in Nevada

    One of the largest decisions you'll make when dissolving your marriage is whether to file for a contested or uncontested divorce.

    If you and your partner agree on all divorce-related matters, such as how to divide property, handle child custody and support, and whether alimony is necessary (and to what degree), you can file for an uncontested divorce.

    Alternatively, if you share any disagreements over how to handle such matters, you must instead file for a contested divorce.

    In most uncontested divorces, the parties meet with each other to negotiate the terms of their divorce, sometimes utilizing a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) like mediation or collaborative law. After agreeing on terms for their divorce, they draft and sign an agreement detailing those terms.

    After the petitioner files for an uncontested divorce, the respondent can waive their right to respond, or the parties can file their divorce petition jointly. The parties can then present their divorce agreement to the court. If the court determines the agreement is equitable, a judge can sign it, finalizing the divorce.

    Alternatively, if the parties choose to engage in a contested divorce, the process could take a year or longer depending on how severely they disagree on terms for the divorce. Each party has the opportunity to present their case to the court in a trial, after which the court will draft a divorce decree the judge presiding over the case determines is equitable.

    Whether you choose to file for a contested or uncontested divorce, having a family lawyer you trust by your side throughout the process is essential. Our Las Vegas divorce attorneys will work with you to ensure you receive the legal counsel you deserve during your divorce case.

    We Fight for Your Best Interests!

    Don't let a nasty divorce dispute cost you unnecessary time and money, or worse, your access to and relationship with your children. We can help you petition for a restraining order when you're facing domestic violence, or establish a spousal support arrangement, or petition for visitation. In our years of experience, we have helped numerous clients achieve satisfactory results through mediation. When you are looking for a lawyer who is genuinely concerned about how the legal system can directly impact your family's well-being, a divorce lawyer from Leavitt Law Firm is the one to choose.

    Whether through mediation or litigation, we can help you move on from this time in your life. At Leavitt Law Firm, you do not have to allow the legal system to take advantage of your vulnerability, emotions, and family. The next chapter of your life can begin today!

    What Our Clients Say About Our Representation

    Attorney Leavitt has been named one of the Top Ten Divorce Attorneys in Nevada, and our experienced team of divorce attorneys have been recognized as Best of Las Vegas 2017 and 2018. We want you to get a feel for how our firm operates and the representation that we offer. To do so, we have included excerpts from some testimonials the former clients have left for us.

    Here is what some of our clients have to say after working with us:

    • "If you need someone to get things done the right way, call Leavitt Law Firm."
    • "I would recommend this attorney to anyone that needs a lawyer."
    • "Mr. Leavitt handled my divorce in a professional manner and treated me like I mattered."
    • "Mr. Leavitt treated my case like it was important to him."
    • "My calls were returned and I was treated like my case was important."
    • "Leavitt Law Firm is the only place to go for your divorce."

    While no two divorces are the same, we take the same approach to each client. We put forth our full efforts to protect your rights and fight for the results that you need and want.

    Contact us by calling (702) 996-6052 to schedule your initial case evaluation.

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