Family Law & Divorce Attorney in Reno, NV

Reno Family Law Divorce Attorney – Call: 775.588.5311 

divorce-attorney-reno-nvExperienced Family Lawyer Serving Reno & Sparks

If you are considering a divorce, speak with a divorce lawyer in Reno and Sparks at Family Law Offices Of Leslie J. Shaw. We have successfully handled thousands of family law cases and will put this experience to work for you. Our founding partners Leslie Shaw are Certified Family Law Specialists with over 50 years of combined experience handling every aspect of a divorce. Additionally, we have a team of attorneys and paralegals committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome. If you have specific questions, call us today to discuss your case. We offer a free consultation for your convenience.

Reno Nevada Divorce Overview

Reno and Sparks define divorce, or dissolution of marriage, as a judge’s order that effectively “restore[s] the parties to the state of unmarried persons.” Declared single again, divorcees face far-reaching, life-altering consequences and changes in their rights and duties.

The effect of divorce on property rights has been the fodder of tabloids in many celebrity cases. Unsurprisingly, a Wikipedia page lists the most expensive divorces. Its impact on parenting rights publicized in the context of bitter custody battles, divorce has earned the reputation of being a thoroughly traumatizing experience.

Residency Requirements

Under Nevada, for a judge to grant a divorce in Nevada, one of the spouses must have been a resident of the state for six months, and of the county where filing for at least three months.

An exception to this rule is permitted in the case of nullity proceedings, legal separation, or same-sex marriage.

For same-sex marriages, the following circumstances must apply:

  • The parties entered into such formal relationship in Nevada, or
  • The current state of residency refuses to dissolve the union.

Speak with an attorney at Family Law Offices of Leslie J. Shaw of if you have questions regarding Nevadas residency requirement.

The Waiting Period


In Reno, NV, no divorce is final unless at least six months have passed since the divorce petition and summons have been served on the non-filing spouse or respondent. If the respondent appears in court before such service, the six-months countdown may start from this first appearance (Nevada Family Code).

No-Fault Divorce

Nevada is a no-fault divorce state. As such, proof of misconduct, such as infidelity, has no bearing on the judge’s decision to grant the divorce. However, proof of misconduct may well be relevant to other decisions such as the calculation of spousal support. “No-fault” simply means the court will not assign blame for the disintegration of the marriage.

A claim by one spouse that the marriage or domestic partnership is defunct will suffice as a basis for the dissolution. The phrase “irreconcilable differences” stands for this idea. Additionally, the courts also allow for divorce or legal separation, if one of the spouses permanently lacks legal capacity.

Decisions Before The Court: The Scope Of Divorce Proceedings

divorce-lawyer-reno-nvWhile sitting in divorce proceedings, Reno, NV courts can decide:

  • Who gets the custody of the children,
  • What the amount of child support or spousal support will be, and
  • How to divide the property.

Likewise, the courts can issue a judgment regarding property rights and child custody with respect to legal separation, without dissolving the marriage. We can assist you with any family law related aspect of a divorce including:

  • High-net-worth divorce,
  • Contested divorce,
  • Uncontested divorce,
  • Military divorce,
  • Complex property division,
  • Spousal support,
  • Child custody,
  • Child support,
  • Paternity,
  • Modifications, and
  • Domestic violence

Because a divorce can encompass so many different issues, it’s important to have an experienced family law attorney with a proven track record on your side.

Unmarried Partners and Same-sex Couples Can Also Seek a Divorce in Reno, Nevada

Rights of same-sex couples have a turbulent history in Nevada, but the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges found that not permitting gays and lesbians to marry was an unconstitutional violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. Since 2003, registered domestic partners also share the same rights and obligations as married couples in Nevada, including the right to terminate such partnership.

Dissolving A Marriage Or A Domestic Partnership

The law foresees three different ways to end or alter the rights and responsibilities that go along with marriage, including same-sex marriage, or a domestic partnership:

1. Annulment
2. Dissolution of marriage (divorce)
3. Legal separation

In some cases, dissolution can be accomplished by an accelerated, summary procedure.

Alternatives to Divorce

Under certain circumstances, a divorce may not be your best option. Two alternatives are annulment and legal separation.

Annulment is only appropriate when there are doubts about the validity of the marriage. The basis for annulment include:

  • Fraud,
  • One spouse is under the age of legal consent, or
  • Use of force to compel the marriage.

Someone might choose legal separation when the divorce residency requirement has not been met, to keep certain benefits, or for religious reasons. Generally, Reno, NV courts cannot approve legal separation without the consent of both parties. The spouses can later convert a legal separation into a divorce; in such cases the Reno, Nevada residency requirement may not apply.

Speak with a Reno Divorce Lawyer at Family Law Offices of Leslie J. Shaw Today: 775.588.5311 

At Family Law Offices of Leslie J. Shaw, our Reno divorce lawyer has over 30 years of experience. Additionally, attorneys Leslie Shaw are Certified Family Law Specialists with experience handling complex divorce cases. If you need further assistance, please contact us today for a free consultation by calling