Nevada has a reputation for “quickie” divorces. This is due to the short amount of time in which Nevada will take jurisdiction over a party for purposes of filing a divorce and historically liberal divorce laws. Unfortunately, this is not an accurate reflection of the judicial process as it now exists in Nevada. Most other states have loosened harsh divorce laws since the early twentieth century, when Reno was known as the Divorce Capital. While the history of Divorce in Nevada is certainly an entertaining tale, the “quickie” divorce is a distant memory.
If you are divorcing in Nevada, you probably want to know how long it takes to obtain the divorce. This is a question we are asked near daily. Unfortunately, there is no good answer. Every case is different. Some require more negotiation and Court proceedings while others settle relatively quickly. The timeline for completing a divorce can also be impacted by the location where it is filed and the Judge that is assigned.
In Washoe County, most divorces are finalized within about six weeks from the date the Decree of Divorce is submitted to the Court for review. This can of course vary depending on the Judge assigned and any complications that arise.
This article is not meant to be all-inclusive or a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney in your own jurisdiction. If you are involved in a legal matter and have questions, you should contact a competent attorney in your own jurisdiction.
K. Beth Luna, Esq. is licensed in Tennessee, Florida and Nevada. The information provided is based upon Nevada law only. If you are looking for information for another jurisdiction, please contact an attorney in that area. The Luna Law Firm handles annulment matters on a regular basis in the Reno, Carson, Nevada area. We also represent individuals in Yerington, Minden, Fernley, and Fallon, Nevada.
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