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Filing for Divorce Together

Filing for Divorce Together

Questions bw Before you begin:

  • Is this page for me?  This page is for people who want to get a divorce and both spouses are willing to sign and notarize their 100% agreement on all of the issues, such as:
    • The legal custody, physical custody, and visitation schedule for any minor children;
    • Who will pay how much in child support and who will provide health insurance for the children; 
    • How to divide any property and debts; 
    • Whether one spouse will pay the other alimony and if so, how much and for how long; and
    • Whether either spouse wants to return to a former or maiden name.
  • What if we don't agree about something, or one spouse won't sign?  You can File for Divorce on Your Own.  

  • What laws apply?  Learn the basics of the laws that apply to divorce and custody cases on the Divorce Overview and Custody Overview pages.
    • By filing a joint petition, you will waive some rights you would normally have.  A joint petition waives your right to file an appeal, the right to a Notice of Entry of Order, the right to findings of facts and conclusions of law, and the right to request a new trial. 
  • Where can I learn more?  You can attend a free divorce class that teaches you the basics of filing for divorce.  

Follow these steps to start a Joint Petition for Divorce:

Copy bw 1: Fill out the forms.  There are several forms both spouses will have to fill out and sign.  

Clerk bw 2: File the forms.  Turn in your completed forms to the Clerk of Court by mail or efiling. 

Online bw 3: Turn in the decree to the Judge.  You must turn in the proposed Decree for the judge to review and sign. 

Learn more about each step below.

 

 Copy bw 1: Fill out the forms

AUTOMATED FORMS INTERVIEW AVAILABLE!

There is an automated interview available that will complete your forms for you after you answer some questions about what you want to request.  To use the automated interview, please click here and select the "DIVORCE: Joint Petition" interview.  It is best to use Chrome or Firefox (Safari is not supported or recommended).   

At the end of the interview you will have to print your forms, sign and notarize them, and then file them with the family court.

All of the following documents must be completed to file a Joint Petition for Divorce.  Do not skip any documents, or your filing may be rejected by the Court.

Family Court Cover Sheet

This form is REQUIRED.  It asks for basic information about you, your spouse, and any children that you and your spouse have together. The Clerk of Court uses this information to open your case.  

Family Court Cover Sheet (pdf)  Family Court Cover Sheet (pdf fillable) 

 

Affidavit Of Resident Witness

This form is REQUIRED.  One spouse must be a Nevada resident for at least 6 weeks to get a divorce in Nevada.  If you are both Nevada residents, pick one person to name as the Nevada resident and be sure to name that same spouse throughout all of your documents.

This form should be filled out by a friend, coworker, or family member who sees you 3-4 times per week.  It is the proof that one of the spouses has lived in Nevada for at least 6 weeks before filing for divorce and intends to remain here.

Someone other than you or your spouse must fill out this form as close to the date you will file your papers as possible.    

Affidavit of Resident Witness (pdf)  Affidavit of Resident Witness (pdf fillable) 

 

Joint Petition for Divorce

This form is REQUIRED and must be notarized.  It tells the judge how you and your spouse have agreed to settle everything in the divorce, such as custody, visitation, child support, division of property and debts, alimony, and whether either spouse will return to a former name. You and your spouse must complete every section, and you both must sign the Joint Petition in front of a notary. 

Sign this form in front of a notary as close to the date you will file your papers as possible.  You can sign it separately in front of different notaries, but try to make sure the dates you sign are close together.

Joint Petition for Divorce - No Children (pdf) 

Joint Petition for Divorce - No Children (pdf fillable) 

Joint Petition for Divorce - With Children (pdf) 

Joint Petition for Divorce - With Children (pdf fillable)

FYI!

If you and your spouse cannot agree on everything in this form, you may have to file for divorce separately. See Filing for Divorce On Your Own for more information.

Decree of Divorce

This form is REQUIRED.  The judge will sign the Decree of Divorce when your divorce is approved. Both spouses must complete and sign the Decree of Divorce before the judge can sign.  

Decree of Divorce - No Children (pdf) 

Decree of Divorce - No Children (pdf fillable) 

Decree of Divorce - With Children (pdf) 

Decree of Divorce - With Children (pdf fillable)

WARNING!

You are not divorced until the judge signs the Decree and it is filed with the Clerk of Court.

Confidential Information Sheet

This form is REQUIRED.  This form discloses both spouses' social security numbers (which is required for everyone filing for divorce) and helps parents with child support enforcement in the future if needed.  

Confidential Information Sheet - WITH CHILDREN (pdf fillable)

Confidential Information Sheet - NO CHILDREN (pdf fillable)

 

Seminar for Separating Parents ("COPE") Certificate

If you have minor children together, both parents must complete a seminar for separating parents (formerly known as the "COPE" Class). You will receive a certificate of completion after you attend the class. File the Certificate of Completion with the rest of your papers.  For more information, see Seminar for Separating Parents.

 

Clerk bw 2: File the forms

The court charges $299 to file the papers.  You can pay by cash, money order, or most major credit/debit cards. If you cannot afford the fee, please see Filing Fees and Waivers to find out how to ask the court to waive the fee.  Use the Joint Petition Divorce fee waiver forms.  

You can file your papers one of these ways:.

  1. By Mail: Mail your forms and the filing fee (with check or money order made out to Clerk of Court) to:

    Family Courts and Services Center
    Attn: Clerk of Court
    601 North Pecos Road
    Las Vegas, NV 89101

  2. Online: You can file online through the court's e-filing system, eFileNV. There is a fee of $3.50 to upload your documents, in addition to the regular filing fee. You must register for an account, you must provide a valid email address, and you must be able to scan and upload your documents. 

  3. In person at the Family Courthouse (check our How to File page for hours and more information).

WARNING!

If you efile your papers, you are agreeing to be served with future legal documents by email. If you do this, you must keep your email address updated with the Court, and you must make sure emails from the e-filing system do not go into your “spam” folder.

Online bw 3: Turn in the Decree to the Judge

*While the courthouse is closed due to COVID-19, you can mail the decree to the address above or you can email it to your assigned department.  If you want to email it, check the Department Letter assigned to your case, and email it to the correct email below:

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Make 1 copy of your filed Joint Petition after it is processed by the clerk.  The copy should have a case number and a filing date on the first page.  Attach the copy of the filed Joint Petition to the original Decree of Divorce and submit by email or mail.  

The judge will review your papers, and if everything is completed properly and the judge approves of your agreement, the judge will sign your Decree of Divorce. The judge's staff might call you when the Decree is signed so you can pick it up and file it yourself, or the judge's staff might send the Decree of Divorce to one of the spouses in the mail.

Whoever gets the final Decree is responsible for the following:

  1. Make sure the Decree is "filed" at the Clerk's office, since the filing date is the date the divorce is final. Some judges file the Decree for you, and some expect you to file it yourself.  If you receive a decree that has a date on the upper right corner of the first page, the Decree is already filed. But if you receive the original Decree with no markings on the first page, it will be your job to file it at the Clerk's Office. 
  2. Make a a copy of the filed Decree and mail it to the other person. After mailing, fill out a Certificate of Mailing and file it with the court to prove that both parties have a copy.

Certificate of Mailing - Decree (pdf)  Certificate of Mailing - Decree (pdf fillable) 

Your divorce is final on the date your Decree of Divorce is “filed” with the Clerk – not the date the judge signs the Decree! Look at the upper right corner of the first page of Decree of Divorce to find the filing date. Do not get remarried until you know for sure that your Decree of Divorce is “filed” with the court.