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What's the quickest, cheapest way to get a divorce?

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Are you itching to get a divorce and wondering on the quickest, cheapest way to do it? Luckily, Nevada has one of the shortest residency requirements in the country: only 6 weeks. That means you (or your spouse) only have to live in Nevada for at least 6 weeks before filing for divorce here. You will need a “resident witness” to attest to you living in Nevada for those 6 weeks, so be sure to make at least one acquaintance who can vouch for your residency.

An uncontested divorce is quickest 

Undoubtedly, an uncontested divorce is the quickest way to divorce. Uncontested means that you and your spouse agree on all terms: property and debt division, spousal support (alimony), custody, and child support. If either of you will contest any issue, the process can't be uncontested. Ideally, you would both sign a Joint Petition. The Joint Petition tells the court that you both agree on the included terms and want a divorce decree with said terms accordingly.

Sometimes people are so anxious to start the divorce process that they want to just file a Complaint for Divorce right away. If talking to your spouse is at all an option, then I would suggest talking to see if you both can agree on terms. Filing a Joint Petition together will save you both time and money, not to mention possible drama. Instead of paying two separate filing fees, the Joint Petition only requires you both to pay one.

Don’t wait or procrastinate

If you and your spouse are on the same page with a divorce, then act quickly. The danger in waiting is that your spouse may change his/her mind. If your spouse is willing to sign divorce papers today, then get him/her to sign them and then file the papers! People routinely change their minds once they have more time to mull, or if their opinion of their spouse sours with time. Your spouse could suddenly refuse to sign anything or become bitter and want to fight over a trivial issue. What could have been a quick, painless process could become a long, drawn-out process over something as trivial as who keeps the family sofa. Oftentimes, once a case becomes contested, then one or both spouses will continue fighting for the principle of the matter. They figure they've invested the time and money on fighting it so far, so might as well try to win.

Thus, if you wait on filing an uncontested divorce, you risk your spouse contesting and dragging out the process for months. This scenario is pretty common and can be physically and mentally draining, particularly when children are involved. 

Do you need an attorney for divorce?

Uncontested divorces are simpler where you both can dictate the terms without worrying about fighting in court. Having an attorney can ensure the process runs smoother and quicker. You may not want to risk making a mistake on your papers or in the court process. If the court rejects your documents, you may have to redo them, which risks your spouse not agreeing to sign the papers again. Or you may not think of certain terms to include in the divorce, which could mean coming back to court later to seek clarification or a new court order. Unless you both are confident about your legal rights, then one or both of you may want to hire an attorney to ensure neither of you are giving up important legal rights or entitlements through the divorce that could come back to haunt you.