Filing an Uncontested Divorce in Las Vegas

Posted: 10 July, 2020

An uncontested divorce is the easiest way to get a divorce.   When spouses agree to all the terms of a divorce they can file an “uncontested divorce”.   An uncontested divorce is the quickest, easiest an most cost effective way to get divorced in Nevada.   There is no court hearing required.  A few documents (called a joint petition) are drafted.  Both spouses sign and the documents are filed with the court for final approval.

The documents take about two days to draft.  Final approval from the court  takes around two weeks.   Costs range from $1,000 to $2,500 depending on the complexity of the divorce.

You can file uncontested documents on your own.  But, you made need a divorce lawyer to help.  Lawyers can insure the documents are drafted properly, filed correctly, and can provide legal advice regarding the terms to include in the final documents.  For example, an attorney can help you decide how to divide the debts, what custody schedule to use, and how much in child support should be included.

What is the Uncontested Divorce Process?

There are two ways to obtain an uncontested divorce: 1) file uncontested divorce papers, or 2) file contested divorce papers, and then mediate or negotiate the final terms.  Filing contested divorce papers and negotiated is technically a contested divorce.   But, many couples can reach divorce agreement by filing a divorce and then negotiating.

A true “uncontested divorce” is where you and your spouse agree on all the issues of the divorce before filing the papers.  “All” is the key word.   You must agree to everything or the court will reject your documents.   You must agree to how you are dividing all the assets, dividing all the debts,  the child custody schedule, child support, etc.

Review our Uncontested Divorce Workbook for an idea on what areas you and your spouse must agree to.

How Long Does it Take?

After you agree to the terms, several documents are drafted and signed by you and your spouse.   Drafting and signing the documents takes about three days.   Then the documents are filed with the court.  A judge reviews the documents and signs the documents.   This takes  one or three weeks. After the judge signs the divorce is final.  A file stamped decree of divorce is emailed to both spouses.

How Much Does It Cost?

Right Lawyers offers three uncontested divorce packages; Assets & Debts Uncontested, Children Uncontested, and Mediation Uncontested.  All three packages include drafting all documents, assisting with the terms, and filing the documents with the court.

Assets & Debts Uncontested – This package is used when there is less than $100,000 in assets, and no children.   The fee is $1,000 (half down and half before filing).   The $1,000 includes the court filing fee.

Children Uncontested – This package includes the sames services as the Assets & Debts package, plus assistance with a custody schedule, and child support amounts.  The fee is $1,500 (half down and half before filing).  The $1,500 includes the court filing fee.

Mediation Uncontested – This package includes the sames services as the Children package, plus attorney mediation assistance.   This package is useful when you need mediation assistance from an attorney.  The fee is $2,500.

All packages are fixed fees.  The quoted fixed fee covers everything.  All packages include preparing the documents, answering general questions about the documents, making changes to the documents, court fees, filing fees, and filing the final documents for court approval.

Why Use of  a Lawyer

Some couples will use an online service or a paralegal to handle their uncontested divorce.   Online programs only print standard forms for you.  You will still need to  file the documents with the court yourself.   And the standard forms are not good at adding extra terms that are particular for your  divorce.    Right Lawyers can add custom terms to your forms and we file the forms for you.

Paralegals cannot provide you legal advice.  We are licensed attorneys who can provide you legal advice.  We have been licensed in Nevada since 2004.   Three years running Right Lawyers has been choose the Best Divorce Lawyer by the Review Journal.  Right Lawyers has an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and has hundreds of five star reviews on Google, and Yelp.

How to Start an Uncontested Divorce?

The easiest way to get started is to complete the Uncontested Divorce Worksheet.  Download and review the worksheet with your spouse.  This worksheet helps you review all the issues which need to be resolved.

The worksheet can be saved and emailed back to Right Lawyers. After you return the worksheet, we schedule a quick phone call to answer any questions.   We then draft the documents and return them to you for your approval before filing.  This takes about two days.   Once you approve, and sign, we file the documents  with the court.   Once the court signs and approves we email you a final divorce decree.   This takes about two weeks.  The final divorce decree is important.  It insures the divorce is final.

How Long Does an Uncontested Divorce Take?

Joint petitions are fast.  We take about three days to draft all your documents.   When you and your spouse approve the documents we file them with the court for final approval.  The final approval takes about two to three weeks.

How Much Does an Uncontested Divorce Cost?

We offer three packages for an uncontested divorce.   Our simplest divorce is $1,000 and includes everything you need for an uncontested divorce.  Compare that with the tens of thousands spent on divorce attorney fees  in a contested divorce.

What About an Uncontested Divorce with a Child?

Just like everything else in an uncontested divorce, you need to agree upon this in advance. The amount of child support and child custody schedules as well.  Make sure that everything related to your agreement is in writing and included in the paperwork.

Downsides of an Uncontested Divorce?

While the purpose of this process is to make the legal process of divorce as painless as possible, there are a few drawbacks.    With a Joint Petition  you waive the right to  have a judge make any findings.   And you lose the ability to file an appeal.   Once a joint petition is filed, you are mostly stuck with the terms you agreed to in the final divorce decree.   I say mostly, because terms regarding child support, child custody, and spousal support are modifiable under certain conditions.

Can I file an Uncontested Without a Lawyer?

Yes you can.  The court has a Divorce Self Help Center to help with the documents.  Use our Joint Filing Checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything.   The forms needed in a Joint Petition submission are the following:

Family Court Cover Sheet – Asks for basic information about you and your spouse.

Joint Petition Application – Opens the case with the court and applies for a divorce.

Resident Witness Affidavit – Is the proof one spouse has lived in Nevada for at least 6 weeks before filing for divorce in Las Vegas. Not completed by you or your spouse. It is the sworn statement of a friend, co-worker, or neighbor who knows you.

COPE Certificate (if children) – Verifies you took a class about co-parenting and learned about the negative effects divorce can have on children.

Joint Petition Decree of Divorce – Is the agreement detailing everything in the divorce such as child custody, visitation, child support, division of property and debts, alimony, and more.

Start an Uncontested

Are you looking to file an uncontested divorce? If so, you can rely on the Right Lawyers.   Since 2004 the divorce attorneys Right Lawyers have found thousands of uncontested divorce.  Download our Uncontested Divorce Worksheet and follow the instructions.   Or contact us as at (702) 914-0400 or email us at info@rightlawyers.com.