Reno Divorce Attorneys
Contemplating Divorce? Let a Team of Highly Skilled and Experienced Negotiators Fight for Your Spousal Rights.
The decision to end a marriage and file for divorce can be both physically draining and emotionally taxing. It disrupts your life and puts a strain on your financial resources. Divorce can also be extremely traumatic, especially when children are involved. During trying times like this, you need an experienced divorce lawyer to protect your assets and, if you’re a parent, your parental rights.
Reno divorce attorney Richard P. Davies, Esq. has the experience, knowledge, and passion to help you through such a difficult ordeal. He and his team will discuss all your legal options in your divorce and guide you through every stage of the proceedings. As a seasoned divorce lawyer with nearly 20 years of legal experience, Attorney Davies is dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for you.
Getting a Divorce in NV: What You Need to Know
Nevada is known as a “no fault divorce state,” which means spouses can divorce one another without having to prove that the other spouse was responsible for the breakdown of the marriage. With that in mind, there are presently only 3 grounds (reasons) for divorce in the state:
- incompatibility (irreconcilable differences);
- insanity that existed for 2 years prior to filing; or
- the spouses have lived separate and apart for 1 year.
Based on one of the above grounds, a spouse can file for divorce as long as either spouse has been a resident of Nevada for at least 6 weeks prior to the filing.
Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce
Note that divorces can either be contested or uncontested. If both spouses disagree on some or all of the terms of the divorce, they should pursue the contested divorce process, which begins with a Complaint for Divorce filed by one spouse in court. From there, the couple will have to go through a settlement phase where their Reno divorce attorneys negotiate (outside of the court) to reach a final agreement on matters like child custody and property division. If negotiations fail, they will have to go to trial to settle the divorce with a judge. Contested divorces can take 3-6 months, though complicated cases may take longer.
Alternatively, uncontested divorce is a process where both spouses agree on all issues and terms of the divorce, including how they will divide their marital assets, arrange child custody, and settle child or spousal support payments. In this case, the spouses just need to file a Joint Petition for Divorce in court.
Factors Impacting a Judge’s Decision
One of the most important steps in divorce is settling the marital disputes like child custody and property division, among others. While spouses may negotiate their own agreement, such as in mediation, failure to reach a complete agreement will require the couple to resolve the disputes in court before a judge.
When ruling on a child custody decision, the judge will examine what will be in the child’s best interests, including:
- the child's wishes, if the child is of sufficient age and capacity to form an intelligent preference;
- which parent is more likely to allow the child to have frequent association and a continuing relationship with the other parent;
- the level of conflict between the parents;
- the parents' ability to cooperate to meet the child's needs;
- the parents' mental and physical health;
- the child's physical, developmental, and emotional needs;
- the nature of the child's relationship with each parent;
- the child's ability to maintain a relationship with any siblings;
- any history of parental abuse or neglect of the child or a child's sibling; and
- whether either parent has committed an act of abduction or domestic violence against the child, the other parent, or any other person residing with the child.
Similarly, to determine a fair property division agreement, the judge will consider additional factors as well, such as:
- each spouse's income and earning potential;
- the custody arrangement (related to which spouse gets the marital home);
- each spouse's financial resources;
- whether one spouse supported the other's education and training during marriage;
- each spouse's age, physical, and mental health; and
- any other relevant factor.
Let Richard P. Davies, Esq. Help You
If you’re seriously considering filing for divorce in Nevada, don’t go through it alone. Many people think they can represent themselves without legal counsel from an experienced divorce attorney, believing it’s as easy as signing a bunch of papers. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Divorce isn’t easy or painless; it’s an emotional ordeal whose outcome will affect the rest of your life. You need a highly skilled Reno divorce lawyer who can fight for your best interests and negotiate on your behalf, aggressively protecting your legal rights as a parent and spouse both in the negotiations room and in trial.
When you hire our firm to handle your divorce, you’re sure to get the highest level of attention and personal support to help you make informed decisions and deal with the legal and emotional impact of divorce. Richard P. Davies, Esq. is ready to fight to get you the best outcome and give you the opportunity to start fresh.
Approachable & AvailableWe are always ready to make ourselves available when you need us, and pride ourselves on our approachability and empathy during tough legal situations.
We create a comfortable atmosphere for every client, tailoring a specific approach for each case depending on the details.
Experience & KnowledgeWith nearly 20 years of experience, you can count on our firm to confidently and aggressively represent you and your case.
A Nationally Recognized Trial Lawyer
Attorney Davies is recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer. No matter how complex your case is, you can count on our firm to get you the best possible outcome.
You can count on the legal team at Richard P. Davies, Esq. to fight for your rights and guide you through tough legal situations. Schedule your free consultation today!
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