Divorce is never a pleasant topic, and when it comes to understanding the proceedings, it can be confusing; after all, a divorce is different in every state. Here are a few things you should know about getting divorced in Nevada.
Nevada is a “no-fault” state.
As a “no-fault” state, this means that, in Nevada, the grounds for your divorce will not be a pinpointed action of one spouse or the other, like adultery or abuse. Instead, Nevada bases divorces on the grounds that the couple has “irreconcilable differences.” That said, fault may be considered when the court is determining alimony and property division.
Residency not required.
For a divorce in Nevada, only one spouse needs to be a resident of Nevada. And in fact, that residency can be as young as six weeks.
Nevada is a community property state.
A community property state means that income earned and assets acquired by either spouse during the marriage is marital property and is owned equally by each partner. Generally, property is divided equally during divorce proceedings.
Nevada prefers joint custody.
As is customary, Nevada courts presume that any children involved in a divorce should have equal time with each divorcing parent. That said, the courts will of course amend this presumption if there are extenuating circumstances, like abuse, neglect or geographical issues.
Nevada requires child support.
Like any other state, Nevada requires that both parents share responsibility for their children. When you divorce in Nevada, the courts will determine the amount of child support due depending on the parents’ situation and custody arrangement. The amount of child support required depends on the parent’s income as well as the time spent with the children.
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