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Divorce Laws in Nevada

The state of Nevada does not require mediation. However, local courts can require couples to pursue mediation through the Family Mediation Center, before granting child custody or visitation rights.

Residency and jurisdiction in Nevada
In Nevada, divorce can be filed in the county where either spouse lives, or in the county where the couple last lived together, or the county where the cause for divorce occurred. Unless the cause of divorce occurred in the county where divorce is filed while the couple lived in that county, at least one spouse must have lived in Nevada for at least six weeks before filing for divorce.

Fault or no fault and grounds for divorce in Nevada
Nevada grants fault and no fault divorce. No fault divorce will be granted if the couple has lived apart for at least on year or on the grounds of incompatibility.

Fault divorce is granted based on the grounds of insanity for at least two years.

Division of property in Nevada
Nevada is a community property State. Property is divided in half between spouses. When dividing joint property the court must consider:

  • Length of marriage
  • Intention of each spouse in placing the property in joint tenancy

Spousal support in Nevada
In Nevada, spousal support may be temporary or permanent and may be determined by an agreement between spouses. If the couple cannot reach an agreement the court will consider the following in determining spousal support:

  • Merits of each spouse
  • Which spouse acquired the property being used for support
  • Need for spousal support in order to become employable
  • Contributions of spouse seeking support to the career or education of the other spouse

Child custody and support in Nevada
In determining child custody, the State of Nevada requires the court to consider:

  • Wishes of the child if the child is old enough to form an intelligent preference
  • Wishes of the parents
  • Any domestic violence committed against the child, other parent, or any other person living with the child

Nevada uses the Percentage of Income formula to calculate child support.

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