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FINALIZE THE DIVORCE


DISCLAIMER

The information provided is intended as a courtesy only.  Many family law matters involve complex and valuable legal rights which cannot adequately be protected without the assistance of an attorney.  The information provided is basic, general information that does not fit all situations.  It is the duty of each self-represented individual to know what rules of court and law apply. 

Clark County, the Eighth Judicial District Court, the Self-Help Center, and their employees shall not be liable for errors contained herein or for direct, indirect, special, or consequential damages in connection with the furnishing of this material.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Finalizing the divorce is an important step in the divorce process.  In general, a divorce is not final until the judge signs a Decree of Divorce and the Decree is filed with the Clerk of the Court. Next, a copy of the Decree must be served to the opposing party along with a file-stamped copy of a Notice of Entry of Judgment


A Decree of Divorce is the document that puts the terms of your divorce into writing. Either party can prepare the Decree of Divorce. 


The procedure for finalizing a divorce is discussed in detail in the instruction portion of each Decree of Divorce form packet. 

The Self-Help Center offers two main types of Decree of Divorce form packets.  One type, a Decree of Divorce by Summary Disposition, is used when a party wishes to obtain a divorce without a hearing before a judge. In order to obtain a Decree of Divorce by Summary Disposition you must meet several criteria.  For example, you must either have the consent of the other spouse or a default from the Clerk of the Court.  The other type of Decree of Divorce is used if the parties had a hearing before a judge and were granted a divorce. 

PACKET INSTRUCTIONS

Below are the Self-Help Center's Decree of Divorce form packets. It is your duty to choose the correct packet.  The Self-Help Center staff is prohibited from instructing customers on which packet to use. 

To choose a packet please read the brief description of each packet.  If you are still unsure of which packet to use, open each packet and read at least the first two pages of the instructions. You may use a packet if all of the statements under the heading "Explanation" apply to your particular situation.  If all of the statements do not apply to your particular situation then that packet is not the correct packet.

All of the packets are in a PDF (Portable Document Format).  In order to view and use the packets you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1 or higher.  If you do not, you can download it for free by clicking here.

Please be sure to print all pages because missing pages may render your document unacceptable to the courts.

DECREE OF DIVORCE – SUMMARY DISPOSITION (no hearing)

If you want to the judge to sign a final Decree of Divorce without having a hearing (for example, you are getting a default because the other party did not answer, or you and the other party have agreed to settle the case by signing a Decree of Divorce together), you may use the following documents to get your final Decree of Divorce.  Please keep in mind that you are not divorced until the Decree of Divorce is filed with the Clerk’s Office.

DECREE OF DIVORCE – FROM A HEARING OR TRIAL

If you had a hearing or a trial where the judge granted you a divorce in Court, you may use the following documents to get your final Decree of Divorce.  Before preparing this Decree, you should get the minutes from your hearing to make sure everything list in your Decree of Divorce matches what the judge ordered in Court.  Please keep in mind that you are not divorced until the Decree of Divorce is filed with the Clerk’s Office. 

 

 

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