Las Vegas Family Law
The Legal Process For Divorce In Nevada
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A divorce begins with a Complaint. This document notifies the court and your spouse, when served, that you want the court to end your marriage.
It also lists what you are asking for, such as child custody, spousal support, etc.
After a Complaint is served, the other spouse is entitled to file opposing papers.
Temporary orders set the rules while the case is pending. Either party can ask the court to make temporary orders stating, for example, who stays in the house,
who is responsible for the children, who pays which bills, and restraining inappropriate conduct.
Each spouse is entitled to information from the other spouse and from third parties about the case issues. The legal procedures for obtaining that information are called discovery.
Discovery may be a simple, speedy process or one consuming a great deal of time, energy, and counsel fees.
Most lawyers and judges agree that it is better to resolve a case by agreement than to have a trial in which a judge decides the outcome. Voluntary compliance is important because
enforcement procedures available from the court are usually expensive and sometimes inadequate. For these reasons, following discovery and at any time, even during a trial,
the spouses and lawyers should try to negotiate a settlement.
Even if a case is settled by agreement, there are certain legal procedures that have to be followed to turn your agreement into a judgment and end your marriage.
If you and your spouse cannot settle your case, it will go to trial. At trial you each tell your story to the judge. It is told through your testimony, the testimony of other witnesses, and documents called exhibits.
Trial is likely to be unpleasant. However it can be the only alternative to never-ending, unreasonable settlement demands.
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