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How does DivorceWriter work? 375
First, complete the basic pre-purchase portion of the online interview. Then, set up your... more
What happens after I receive my DivorceWriter documents? 1917
Just follow the step-by-step instructions included with your DivorceWriter package, which ... more
How do I make changes to my documents after I receive them? 1449
If you want to make changes to any of your documents after receiving them in the mail, you... more
Will DivorceWriter documents work in my state and/or in my situation? 1969
DivorceWriter's goal is to provide self-help divorce documents. However, DivorceWriter is ... more
I finished the online interview. How long will it take to receive my documents? 1981
Get your DivorceWriter documents immediately using the instant download option. You may al... more
I want to use DivorceWriter to prepare my own divorce documents. What do I do next? 1864
To get started, click on "Start the Process" above. You will be taken to our online inter... more
Can I use DivorceWriter in my state? 1979
DivorceWriter offers divorce documents for nearly every U.S. state and the District of Col... more
What if I need additional documents that were not included in my DivorceWriter package? 2000
Contact customer service at info@divorcewriter.com with the name or form number of the the... more
What is the online interview? 1863
In as little as 10-15 minutes, the online interview allows you to enter the information ne... more
Can you overnight my documents to me so that I can have them right away? 2586
Get your DivorceWriter documents immediately using the instant download option. You may a... more
How do I change my password? 1972
To change your password you must first log back into your account using the login section ... more
How do I make changes to my existing DivorceWriter account? 1973
If you already have a DivorceWriter account and need to make changes to your online interv... more
Does DivorceWriter provide documents for annulments? 2165
No. DivorceWriter does not currently provide documents for annulments.
What is included? 3784
The DivorceWriter package includes all forms needed to complete your divorce. These state... more
Will my documents be completed or will I have to fill them out myself when I receive them? 3121
For the most part, your DivorceWriter documents arrive completed with the information that... more
How do I serve a spouse that lives in a different state or country? 3810
The process for serving a spouse that lives in another state or country depends on the sta... more
I didn't list any property or debts in the online interview. Why do some of my documents ask the court to divide property and debts? 3360
Asking the Court for to divide property and debts fairly is standard language in the Divor... more
Do we need to notify the court of any address changes during the divorce? 3405
Any questions concerning the requirements for notifying the court about changes of address... more
Does it matter which spouse files for divorce? 3502
Generally speaking, both spouses should have the same rights in a divorce proceeding regar... more
What is DivorceWriter's fax number? 3419
DivorceWriter's fax number is (800) 344 9889.
I need a form that is not available online or in the DivorceWriter's supplemental forms database. How can I find a sample form elsewhere? 3352
Divorce documents are public record, so it is usually possible to obtain a copy of one or ... more
Can I create another divorce in my account?  2712
Yes, you can purchase additional divorces from your Account Summary page. Login to your a... more
What's the difference between an Acknowledgement and a Jurat? 3634
With an Acknowledgement, the notary is certifying that the signer appeared before the nota... more
We were married in a foreign country. Can we divorce in the U.S.?  2635
As long as you meet the residency requirements for filing for divorce in the state where y... more
I didn't list any property or debts in the online interview. Why do some of my documents ask the court to divide our property and/or debts? 3361
The Divorce Petitions/Divorce Complaints in most states contain language asking the Court ... more
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How much is the filing fee in Nevada? 1839
The filing fee charged by the Court is NOT included in the DivorceWriter price. The fee for filing for divorce in Nevada varies from county to county, but typically ranges from $150.00 to $300.00.
Will either of us be required to attend a court hearing? 1758
Since both spouses sign the Joint Petition and related documents in front of a Notary Public, it is not necessary for either spouse to attend a hearing to finalize a divorce.
How long does it usually take to finalize a divorce in Nevada? 1756
While there is no set waiting period for completing the divorce, you should expect to wait at least 2-3 weeks after the date of filing before receiving your finalized decree from the Court.
What is considered to be the date of separation in Nevada? 647
The term "separation date" sometimes refers to the date when the spouses stopped living at... more
How do I serve my spouse with the divorce papers in Nevada? 1738
Because both spouses sign the Joint Petition in front of a Notary Public and are both on notice of the divorce filing, formal service of process is not required.
Where do I file the divorce documents in Nevada? 1753
In Nevada, divorces are filed at District Court Clerk's office in the county of filing. Carson City filers will file at the Carson City District Court Clerk's office.
Do any documents require notarization? 1982
The filing instructions included with your DivorceWriter package will provide additional i... more
What are the Nevada residency requirements for filing for divorce? 1770
In a Joint Petition for Divorce, where both spouses agree on all issues, both parties are referred to as "petitioners." One of the petitioners must be a resident of Nevada and that person is referred to as the "resident petitioner." The resident petitioner must have been physically in Nevada for at least six (6) weeks before the Joint Petition for Divorce is filed. If both spouses have lived in Nevada for at least six (6) weeks before filing, only one of the spouses is designated as the resident petitioner. Additional information on the residency requirements in Nevada is available at: Nevada Revised Statute 125.020

In addition, an Affidavit must be completed and signed by a "resident witness," which is third party (not one of the spouses) who personally knows that one of the spouses is a resident of the State of Nevada and that the resident petitioner has lived in Nevada and been physically present in Nevada for at least six (6) weeks prior to filing for divorce. The resident witness must be a resident of Nevada and must sign the Affidavit in front of a Nevada Notary Public.
What are the basic steps to getting a divorce in Nevada? 1760
1) Both spouses sign the Joint Petition for Divorce and several other documents in front of a Notary Public.
2) One spouse files the notarized documents with the District Court Clerk and pays the filing fee.
3) The Court Clerk sends your Divorce Decree signed by the judge in about 2-3 weeks.
What are the signature requirements for the documents I will receive? 899
The state-specific filing procedures included in the DivorceWriter package indicate which ... more
What happens after I receive my self-prepared Nevada DivorceWriter package? 1692
Along with your self-prepared Nevada DivorceWriter package, you will receive written procedures for signing documents and filing with the Clerk. The written procedures are state-specific and include the address and telephone number of the District Court Clerk for the county of filing selected by the customer.
What if both spouses meet the six-week residency requirement? 1771
One spouse must be designated as “resident spouse.” The resident spouse must have lived in Nevada for at least six weeks and also be able to designate a friend, relative or co-worker as “resident witness.” The resident witness must be 18 and prepared to sign an affidavit in front of a Notary Public that swears to having personal knowledge that the resident spouse meets the six-week residency requirement. If both spouses meet the requirement, select the spouse who will be filing the divorce documents with the Clerk.
Can I change my name in Nevada divorce proceedings? 1769
If you select the name change option, you will be prompted to enter a former name that the wife wishes to have her name restored to and the request will be automatically added to your documents at no additional cost. Pursuant to Nevada Revised Statute 125.130(4), only the wife is entitled to have her name restored to a maiden or former last name through the divorce proceedings.
What if my spouse and I don't live in the same state? 1856
As long as one spouse meets the residency requirements for the state where the divorce wil... more
What documents are included in the self-prepared Nevada DivorceWriter package? 1894
Your self-prepared Nevada DivorceWriter package will include:
  • Family Court Cover Sheet Civil Cover Sheet (Clark Co. only)
  • Family Court Information Sheet
  • Personal Case Information Form
  • Joint Petition for Summary Decree of Divorce
  • Affidavit of Resident Witness
  • Child Support and Welfare Party Identification Sheet (Clark Co. only)
  • Joint Request for Submission (Not Clark Co.)
  • Decree of Divorce
  • Certificate of Service (Clark Co. only)
Customers with minor children will also receive the following:
  • Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (NRS 125A.385)(Clark Co. only)
What are the grounds for filing for divorce in Nevada? 1772
The most common ground for divorce in Nevada is incompatibility. All that is required is for both spouses to agree that they are no longer compatible with each other.” Additional information on grounds for divorce in Nevada is available at: Nevada Revised Statute 125.010. DivorceWriter forms accommodate customers who wish to divorce for the reason of incompatibility only.
Do I have to divorce in the state where I was married? 1801
No. You can divorce in any state where you or your spouse meet the divorce residency requi... more
Can the wife change her name back during the divorce? 1807
Yes, the wife may restore her name to the name she had before the marriage took place. If ... more
Can my spouse have documents notarized in a different state? 2981
Yes. If your spouse is unable to have documents notarized by a Notary Public in the state... more
How do I determine if my income falls below the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines? 3528
Some states require a person who is applying for a filing fee waiver to have an annual inc... more
My documents ask for the "Cause Number" instead of a "Case Number." Is this correct? 3231
Yes. In a number of U.S. states, the Courts use the term "Cause Number" instead of "Case ... more
There was an error on one or more of the documents that I filed with the Clerk. Now that I have fixed the error(s) on the document(s), is there anything else I have to do to it before I file an amended version of the document with the Clerk? 2934
Generally, if an error has been made in a document that was filed with the Clerk, the corr... more
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What is the difference between child support and spousal support? 338
Spousal support is paid to one spouse by the other for the support and care of the receivi... more
We have agreed that one spouse will pay spousal support to the other. What are some options? 1585
Two common ways for one spouse to receive spousal support payments from the other are (1) ... more
Can we specify how we will claim our child(ren) for income tax purposes? 2086
The DivorceWriter online interview allows you to designate which spouse will claim your mi... more
How is child support calculated in Nevada? 1768
Based on the information provided by the customer when completing this online interview, the standard child support amount is automatically calculated.

The standard calculation for Nevada is set by the Nevada legislature as follows:
# Children% Net Income
Each add'l. childadd 2%
Additional information on child support in Nevada is available at Nevada Revised Statute 125B.070.
Will we be able to customize our documents to fit our specific custody and visitation arrangement? 1744
DivorceWriter accommodates parents who want to designate one parent as the legal custodian... more
We have received our documents, but have decided that we do not want any parenting time schedule. Is this possible? 2239
The DivorceWriter online interview, which you completed previously, was designed to accomm... more
What are the different types of custody in Nevada? 1762
In Nevada, "physical custody" refers to the physical care and supervision of a child. Physical custody can be joint or sole. In a joint physical custody situation, the parents often spend about the same amount of time with the child(ren) each week. However, parents can also choose joint physical custody while designating one parent as the primary physical custodian. With sole physical custody, the non-custodial parent can exercise visitation/parenting time, if desired.

"Legal custody" refers to parental rights and responsibilities in making decisions regarding the child. In Nevada, there are two types of legal custody: (1) joint/shared and (2) sole. With joint/shared legal custody, both parents retain full parental rights and responsibilities and confer with each other so that major decisions affecting the welfare of the child(ren) will be determined jointly. With sole legal custody, one parent makes decisions regarding the minor child(ren) and the other parent usually, though not always, exercises some type of visitation.

We have children. Can I still use DivorceWriter? 1802
Yes, you can use DivorceWriter to create your divorce forms even if you have children. Th... more
Do I have to pay income tax on spousal support payments that I receive? 1984
For federal income tax purposes, spousal support is commonly considered taxable income for... more
What if my spouse and I have agreed to a child support amount that is different from the standard amount? 1750
See Nevada Revised Statute 125B.080(9)(a)-(l), which provides a list of factors, one or more of which may be used to justify a child support amount that is different than the guideline amount.

The DivorceWriter online interview shows you the child support calculation under the guidelines. Then, the customer chooses whether to use the guideline calculation or to deviate from that calculation by entering a different child support amount as well a reason for using a different amount.
When can a child support order be modified in Nevada? 1754
An child support order may be reviewed at any time on the basis of changed circumstances. A change of 20 percent or more in the gross monthly income of a person who is subject to an order for the support of a child shall be deemed to constitute changed circumstances requiring a review for modification of the order for the support of a child. Additional information on child support modification in Nevada is available at: Nevada Revised Statute 125B.145
What is the home state of the children under UCCJEA? 3543
While you are entitled to file for divorce in any state where the residency requirements a... more
What if my children live in another state and we already have a court order or informal arrangement concerning child support and child custody? 3651
If you want to have the court issue an order as part of the divorce concerning child suppo... more
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Can I receive a portion of my spouse's retirement plan even though his/her retirement is several years away? 46
The most common way for one spouse to secure the right to a portion of the other spouse's ... more
Do we have to list the debts we have agreed to divide? 1989
About 30% of DivorceWriter customers list debts. The debts listed will appear on the sett... more
We want to transfer real estate into only one spouse's name. Do we need a Quit Claim Deed? 311
Generally, if you want to transfer jointly held real estate into the name of only one spou... more
What options do we have for our real estate? 1887
The DivorceWriter provides an array of options for disposing of your real estate, includin... more
Can we divide/list as many items of personal property as we want? 1764
Choose to list all, some, or no property. The customer decides which property, if any, to ... more
Do I need to list the legal description of my real estate? 757
It is generally sufficient to just list the physical address of the property (street, city... more
What is the "legal description" of a piece of real estate? 2780
The legal description is usually a one to two paragraph description of land that includes ... more
Why do my DivorceWriter documents say that we do not have life insurance or other property that we actually do have? 2726
Some states require divorcing spouses to provide information on several different types of... more
When can I record the quit claim deed my spouse signed? 3811
One spouse may choose to sign a quit claim deed transferring his or her interest in the ma... more
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I received my DivorceWriter package today, but I'm not sure I want to file for divorce right away. How how long are these papers good for? 2229
Unsigned divorce documents do not have an expiration date per se. Applicable time periods... more
I can't find my spouse. Can I still use DivorceWriter? 2452
DivorceWriter is designed for couples who have reached an agreement on all issues and who ... more
I am not sure my marriage was legal. Do I even need a divorce? 1970
DivorceWriter is for people who want to end their marriages. If you have any questions reg... more
What if one spouse is living in a foreign country? 733
If your spouse is able to receive documents in the mail and is willing to sign and return ... more
What if I have an out of state driver's license or no license at all? 995
If the spouse who files for divorce does not have a valid in-state driver's license, it ma... more
My spouse is currently incarcerated. Can we still use DivorceWriter? 2234
DivorceWriter documents must be signed by both husband and wife. As long as your spouse is... more
What if one spouse is in the military? 803
If both parties are willing to sign the papers, ending your marriage when a spouse is in t... more
How do we get documents notarized in a foreign country? 2449
The meaning of the term "notary" varies widely from country to country. To find a Notary ... more
Can same-sex couples divorce in the state where they were married if they can't get a divorce in the state where they live? 3813
If you are a same-sex couple living in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, you can d... more
My spouse is currently incarcerated. What address do I use? 2745
You may use the address at the facility where your spouse is currently incarcerated. Divo... more
Can I use divorce forms even though they contain gender-specific terms? 3230
One thing that has lagged behind following the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwid... more
How do I end a civil union or domestic partnership? 3446
When recognized in the state, civil unions and/or domestic partnerships can be entered int... more
Which states allow same-sex divorce? 3530
On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nati... more
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Where can I find the full-text version of the Nevada divorce statutes online? 2088
Nevada State Divorce Laws
Nevada Revised Statutes Title 11-Domestic Relations
Where can I find additional help? 2410
Additional help is available. Click here to find legal help from the American Bar Associat... more
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