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A basic timeline for ending a marriage in Nevada

An uncontested divorce in Nevada may be resolved in a matter of weeks assuming that you meet state residency and other requirements before filing. Let’s take a look at the specific steps that you’ll go through to end your marriage and how long it may take to complete them.

Do you meet the state residency requirement to file divorce paperwork?

When filing for divorce in Nevada, that law requires that you or your spouse have lived in the state a minimum of six weeks before doing so. Furthermore, at least one party to the marriage must intend to stay within its borders for an indefinite amount of time.

Uncontested divorces may be finalized in less than 30 days

If a divorce is uncontested, it means that both parties have agreed on issues such as property division or child custody rights. State law requires that you and your spouse resolve these and all other outstanding issues before officially dissolving your marriage. As a general rule, this type of proceeding can be completed in anywhere from two to four weeks.

What if the divorce is contested?

If there is a dispute about how property should be divided or how parenting time will be allocated, a hearing will be held to settle it. The hearing may be scheduled several days, weeks or months after divorce documents are filed with the court. It may be possible to come to a compromise with your spouse before the scheduled court date. Generally speaking, agreeing to a divorce settlement outside of court is less expensive than doing so through the court system.

If you are going through a divorce, you may want to consult a family law attorney. A lawyer may provide more insight into how long it may take to dissolve your marriage or create a strategy to help you obtain a favorable divorce settlement.