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Nevada Divorce Definitions

This collection of definitions will help clarify some unique characteristics to the Nevada Divorce laws, process and paperwork which is filed with the court.

Filing Party Title:
Petitioner or Co-Petitioner

The spouse who will initiate the Divorce by filing the required paperwork with the court.

Non-Filing Party Title:
Respondent or Co-Petitioner

The spouse who does not initiate the Divorce with the court.

Court Name:
In the District Court for _____________ County, Nevada

The proper name of the court in which a Divorce is filed in the state of Nevada. Each jurisdictional court typically has a domestic relations or a family law department or division.

Child Support Enforcement Website:
http://www.welfare.state.nv.us/child.htm

The state run office devoted to enforcing existing child support orders and collecting any past due child support.

Document Introduction:
In the Matter of the Petition of:

The lead-in verbiage used in the legal caption or header of the documents filed with the court. The introduction typically prefaces both spouse’s names.

Initial Divorce Document:
Joint Petition for Summary Decree of Divorce or Joint Petition for Decree of Divorce

The title and name of the legal document that will initiate the Nevada Divorce process. The filing spouse is also required to provide the non-filing spouse a copy of this document.

Final Divorce Document:
Decree of Divorce

The title and name of the legal document that will finalize the Nevada Divorce process. This document will be signed by the judge, master, or referee of the court to declare your marriage officially terminated.

Clerk’s Office Name:
District Clerk’s Office

The office of the clerk that will facilitate the Divorce process. This is the title you would address letters to or ask for when contacting the courthouse.

Legal Separation:

If a spouse has any of the grounds for divorce or if he or she has been deserted for over 90 days, a suit for separate maintenance of himself or herself and any children may be filed. In addition, the spouses may agree to an immediate separation and make appropriate provisions for spousal and child support. There is no residency requirement specified in the statute. [Nevada Revised Statutes; Chapter 125, Section 190].

Property Distribution:
Community Property

The applicable Nevada law that will dictate how property and debt is to be divided upon Divorce.