Top 5 Nevada Divorce Laws

The top 5 things everyone should know about Nevada divorce laws.


One of the spouses must have been a resident of Nevada for at least six weeks prior to filing for divorce, unless the cause for the divorce took place in the county in Nevada where the spouses actually lived at the time of the happening of the cause. [Nevada Revised Statutes; Chapter 125, Section 020].

Nevada divorce laws are clear that there are mainly two reasons of divorce in Nevada, those are fault and general. In order to file for divorce in Nevada, the proper grounds must be established. Both spouses are involved in establishing these grounds, and both must substantiate and agree upon these, unless the divorcing spouse is trying to prove otherwise to the court.

Nevada is a “community property” state. The spouses retain all of their separate property, acquired prior to the marriage or by gift or inheritance. The court will divide all of the spouse’s community property and all of the property held jointly by the spouses, including any military retirement benefits. Marital fault is not mentioned as a factor. Nevada divorce law states that either spouse’s property is also then subject to distribu¬tion for alimony or child support. Separate property which one spouse contributed to purchase or improve community property may be returned to the contributing spouse. [Nevada Revised Statutes; Chapter 125, Section 150 and 210].

Unless there is a premarital agreement otherwise, Nevada divorce laws are clear that either spouse may be awarded alimony, without regard to marital fault. The alimony may be a lump-sum or peri¬odic payments. [Nevada Revised Statutes; Chapter 125, Section 150].

Temporary (during the divorce proceeding) and permanent child support may be granted. There are official Child Support percentages contained in Nevada Revised Statutes; Chapter 125B, Section 070. These guidelines are presumed to be correct unless there is a showing that the needs of the child would not be met under the particular circumstances in a case.

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