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"25+ Years Experience. I Make Every Attempt to Negotiate your Divorce with “the Other Side” to Avoid a Divorce Trial" - James E. Smith

Filing a Divorce in Nevada?

  • Need a highly experienced divorce attorney?

I am a divorce attorney with more than 25 years of experience representing clients in their Nevada divorce. If your case is uncontested, I can represent you for a flat fee. Just ask me.

  • Were you served with a Complaint for Divorce from a Nevada court?

If so, you MUST file an Answer and Counter Claim within 21 days. If no Answer is filed by you, Defendants may file a Default and your divorce could be granted without your involvement.

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What to Expect

What to Expect When You Retain Me for a Nevada Divorce
I have 25+ years of experience with filing divorces in Nevada. I have represented parties in at least 1000+ divorces
I act quickly to protect your rights and your property. Your divorce is filed very quickly once I have all I need from you to do so, often on the same day you retain me. – J.S.


  • Joint Petition: provided both parties agree to sign divorce documents, this is the simplest way to obtain a divorce in Nevada. Your Nevada divorce can be obtained in as little as one week when a Joint Petition is used (to obtain it this quickly, however, you might have to appear in court).
  • Complaint about Divorce: one party files for the divorce (Plaintiff), and serves the other party (Defendant) with the Complaint for Divorce and a Summons.
  • If the Defendant ignores the service and does nothing, we proceed with the Default process. This essentially means that the Defendant does not object to the divorce. In this case, a default can be filed with the court 21 days after the date of service.
  • Once the default is granted, your Decree of Divorce is submitted with a request for the judge to grant your divorce.
  • If the Defendant files an Answer to the Complaint for Divorce, a hearing generally becomes necessary. If this occurs, we now consider it a contested divorce.
  • Once a divorce becomes contested, the Court sets a Case Management Conference. This is where we meet with your spouse and his or her attorney and try to come to an agreement to avoid a divorce trial.
  • I usually do my best to settle your case even before the Case Management Conference to save everyone time and money. I believe mediation is the best way to divorce.
  • Can’t locate your spouse?
  • If you cannot locate your spouse, you may still obtain a divorce in Nevada through a default process. This involves either serving your spouse with a Divorce Complaint and Summons at their last known address or following a publication process.
  • The court’s permission is required in both cases if your spouse lives out of state. If your spouse lives in Nevada, no special permission is required for us to serve him or her with the Complaint for Divorce and Summons.
  • If your spouse’s last known address is in Nevada, but cannot be located, an order from the Court is necessary to publish the summons.
  • Once your spouse has been properly served either in person or by publication, a default may be entered 21 days after the date of service or the last date of publication.
  • If the default is granted, your Decree of Divorce can be submitted with a request for the judge to grant your divorce.


Retainer and Fees

Package Includes

  • When Both Parties Agree to Sign: $1500 Retainer - Billed at $350 per hour
  • When Only One Party Signs the Annulment Documents: $3000+ Retainer - Billed at $350 per hour
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