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Nevada Divorce Laws

Just as there are statutory restrictions on marriage, state laws also establish certain requirements for divorce. While all states now allow for some sort of "no-fault" divorce, which means neither party must be at fault for the failure of the marriage, parties still must state the official grounds for divorce in court documents. Nevada's divorce laws are not much different than those in other states, although at least one party must have lived in the state for six weeks prior to the divorce filing.

This article provides a brief overview of divorce laws in the state of Nevada.

Nevada Divorce Laws

The following table and links will help you better understand Nevada's legal requirements for divorce, and divorce in general.

Code Section

§ 125.010 et seq. of the Nevada Revised Statutes

Residency Requirements

Unless grounds accrued in the county where the action was brought, one party must have been a resident at least 6 weeks before filing

Waiting Period

The decree is final when entered

'No-Fault' Grounds for Divorce

Separation(1 yr. without cohabitation); incompatibility

Defenses to a Divorce Filing


Other Grounds for Divorce

Insanity (for 2 yrs. prior)

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

No-Fault Divorce Laws

All states, including Nevada, allow for what is known as a “no-fault" divorce. A no-fault divorce means that you do not need to prove that your spouse was “at fault," or did anything wrong. Instead, you just have to provide any reason that the state honors the divorce.

Under Nevada divorce law, the reason is that the marriage has suffered an “irretrievable breakdown," which is merely a legal way of saying that you and your spouse do not get along and you cannot repair your marital relationship. Nevada also has alternatives to the standard divorce, such as an annulment or legal separation.

If you and your spouse have any children together, you should be aware of how Nevada child custody laws work, as well as laws pertaining to child support guidelines and child support enforcement. You can also do more of your own research by visiting FindLaw's divorce section for more articles and information.

Getting Divorced in Nevada? Let an Attorney Help

Navigating the divorce process can be extremely difficult, both emotionally and legally. Issues arise in divorce proceedings such as spousal support, child custody, and child visitation. You may find that speaking with an attorney about your case can make things easier.

Get started today and reach out to a Nevada divorce lawyer near you.

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