You’ll find much incorrect information surrounding how to establish residency for a Nevada divorce online. Not surprisingly, this is one of the most-asked questions we get by email and phone. So, in the spirit of setting the record straight, here are the 6 most-asked questions pertaining to what the court looks for as proof of your Nevada residency:
- Do both my spouse and I have to be Nevada resident to file a divorce in Nevada?
No. Only one of the parties must have resided in Nevada for a minimum of six-weeks before filing a divorce. If you are filing for an annulment and you obtained your marriage in Nevada then you need not be a Nevada resident. The Court has jurisdiction to set aside the marriage. However, if you want to annul a marriage from another state residency is required.
- How do I prove I’m a resident?
The main proof comes in the form of an Affidavit of Resident Witness. The individual who signs this sworn Affidavit in front of a notary must be another Nevada resident who knows you to have lived in Nevada for a minimum of six weeks before the date your divorce is filed. This can be a friend, relative, co-worker, landlord, employer or employee, just anyone else at all who is a Nevada resident and is willing to sign this affidavit. If you are moving to Nevada and plan to get divorced here then be social and get to know a friend, co-worker or neighbor. Surprisingly people who have lived here for a year sometimes have difficulty finding a resident witness because they have not bothered to get to know someone on a regular basis, i.e., who has seen them physically present in Nevada each week for 6 weeks. Remember, if children are involved the Court requires that they reside in Nevada for 6 months before the Court will exercise jurisdiction over custody and visitation of the children.
We create the affidavit, notarize, and file the resident witness affidavit as a part of our Nevada divorce service to you.
- Do I have to change my driver’s license to Nevada before I sign my divorce documents?
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) does require that incoming residents trade in their out-of-state driver’s license for a Nevada driver’s license before the first 30-day period of residency has expired. However, we are working for you and not for DMV so if you provide us with sufficient identification and evidence that you actually now reside in Nevada we will notarize you signature reminding you that you are under oath.
That said, the Court generally does not ask to see your driver’s license unless you must make a court appearance in your divorce. If you cannot obtain a driver’s license DMV issues a state identification card which will be sufficient. A passport alone with an out of state address will not be sufficient to prove that you are a Nevada resident.
If your divorce is uncontested, it’s unlikely that you’ll have to appear in court and show as much proof as stated above, though it has occurred in the past. However, if the divorce is contested and your spouse challenges your residence then you will have to come up with other proof that you live here. Under these circumstances it is a good idea to corroborate your Nevada residency in the form of:
- Nevada driver’s license
- voter registration (if you vote)
- rental or utility company receipts (if you rent/own a place where the utilities are in your name)
- car registration, if you own a vehicle.
- Can I just move to Nevada, get my divorce, and leave?
Your divorce documents will state that, at the time you sign your divorce documents you have the intent to remain in Nevada after your divorce. Your Affidavit will state that it is still your intent to remain in Nevada for an indefinite period of time. The court has nothing to say on the fact that you might change your mind afterwards. However, this does not mean that you can come to Nevada, spend 6 weeks here, sign your divorce papers and leave town. You would be advised to remain in Nevada until your uncontested divorce is finished up. If you already have filed a case in another state and it is still pending, and, maybe that case is moving too slow for you, you cannot come to Nevada to live here 6 weeks and file here as that is called forum shopping and is not allowed. The case in the other state would have to be closed or dismissed for you to file a new case in Nevada.
- I’m getting divorced because of an Immigration issue. Can I just move to Nevada, get a divorce, and leave?
There have been many instances in the recent past where Immigration officer have questioned the validity of Nevada divorces obtained to benefit parties in an Immigration case. Our office had a case where there was a paralegal company in New York City advertising Nevada Divorces and gave out inaccurate information on residence. Although the divorce took place in Nevada when an immigration application for a visa was attempted the immigration officer wanted much more evidence than just a cousin’s affidavit that he had seen the client in Nevada for 6 weeks. If immigration suspects fraud by a non-citizen they can abort the immigration application and deport a person or not allow them reentry in to the country.
- What constitutes a legal residence?
The term, legal residence, applies to the place a person spends most of his time and is the home that is recognized by law.
Residency as a legal term has different meanings in different contexts in the law. Also different jurisdictions define residency in different ways because of different laws. Some people consider themselves to have two residencies, especially when they have a second home. A deployed member of the military may be a permanent resident of Nevada even if he or she has been in Iraq for the past two years. Bankruptcy may require that you live in Nevada 6 months before you file whereas you only have to live in Nevada 6 weeks to file for divorce. California may require that you live there 6 months before you file for divorce instead of Nevada’s 6 weeks. So context is everything where it comes to residency.
Question: My daughter go married in Las Vegas 10 years ago. Immediately after marriage, they went overseas where her husband worked for the Dept. of Defense as a contractor. They are currently in Greece and want to divorce. Can she make an exception to the 6-week residency requirement since they have been residing overseas continuously since the marriage?
Hello Mark, unfortunately, no. One of them will have to establish residency here before they file. If her spouse were a Nevada resident and had ties here and if they files their taxes through Nevada the whole time, the court here might be inclined to entertain giving them a divorce here, but we’d need more info to determine that.
Hi we were married in las vegas in 2015 while on a 5 week holiday around USA, we are both permanent residents in
Australia have never lived in Nevada. We only stayed there for a week to explore and get married. We both agree to the divorce, we are independent individuals, no children etc etc… our marriage documents were never filled in Australia. We are both still here in Australia, what can we do as I wish to get married in Australia, we have been separated for 18 months to date ?
Our problem is the Nevada residency requirements?
unfortunately, you can’t file a divorce in Nevada unless you are a current resident. You are eligible to file an annulment here without being a resident because you were married here–the rule is different for annulment and divorce. That said, though there is no time limit on filing annulments in Nevada, judges very much look at the length of the marriage when deciding whether or not to grant one. You can get information on our annulment website: https://NevadaAnnulment.org
My husband was in CO Prison until 6/10. I moved from our home in NV to NC on 9/22. He filed for Divorce in NV on 10/15.
It is contested and hearing is set for 4/8.
He still has not filed the Affidavit of Resident Witnes as of today, and probably won’t prior to court date.
Will the court even (have jurisdiction to) rule on this without proof of residency?
it’s possible Nevada will have jurisdiction if this is where you lived during the marriage (last place you lived together), or if this is where the marriage broke down. Some judges will expect more than that, so it’s difficult to tell.
As you can see by the statute below, he has a right to file the divorce here if this is where you last cohabited, or if this is where the cause for the divorce occurred:
NRS 125.020 Verified complaint; residence or domicile; jurisdiction of district court.
1. Divorce from the bonds of matrimony may be obtained for the causes provided in NRS 125.010, by verified complaint to the district court of any county:
(a) In which the cause therefor accrued;
(b) In which the defendant resides or may be found;
(c) In which the plaintiff resides;
(d) In which the parties last cohabited; or
(e) If plaintiff resided 6 weeks in the State before suit was brought.
2. Unless the cause of action accrued within the county while the plaintiff and defendant were actually domiciled therein, no court has jurisdiction to grant a divorce unless either the plaintiff or defendant has been resident of the State for a period of not less than 6 weeks preceding the commencement of the action.
Thank you, and yes, for all purposes, NV has . That was not my question though. He already filed in October, we have a date set in April.
Question is, will this go though if he FAILS to file the Affidavit of Residence Witness?
He still lives there, but even with the judge telling him twice now, he has not provided proof of residency….
He will most likely be told the divorce won’t be granted until he files it.
My husband filed for divorce in Calif one month ago but has not served me. I applies for an apartment on Nevada 6 weeks ago, have stayed with my brother in Vegas though I have been back and forth closing things out in Calif. If I file in Nevada and serve him first , will the divorce happen in Nevada
the court is likely to rule that the divorce proceed in CA since he already filed, and especially if you lived there together for the majority of the marriage, and you came to Nevada just at the end of the marriage.
I moved to Nevada in Sept., 2019. We bought a house in Reno. I registered to vote, got a Nevada driver’s license and registered a car here. We are filing for a divorce. However, while I have been a resident for 0ver two years, I have regularly left the state to visit our daughters in California. It may be tough to show I spent 6 continuous weeks without leaving the state for a couple of days. Do I have to deliberately spend six consecutive weeks without leaving the state for a couple of days to file for divorce?
with all the proof of your Nevada residency, you should be alright. You’re allowed to go on vacation, even frequent ones.
I am a resident of PA and filed for divorce June 2017. The process has stagnated. She is doing everything possible to slow it down. Can I move to NV, establish residency and obtain a divorce?
Hi Jerry, that is not really a good idea, unless you have a very legitimate reason for moving here. For instance, if your employer relocates you, or you have close family here and you need them to help you with your children if you have any, etc. In the case of children, this court wouldn’t rule on them until they have resided in Nevada for a minimum of six weeks. If your spouse agrees to a joint petition divorce, however, and your move to Nevada is legitimate (e.g. not just to avoid some sort of divorce penalty outside Nevada) you can obtain a divorce here relatively easier than in some other states.
I am actually a Canadian resident who got married in Las Vegas 10 years ago. I would like to divorce now. How would I be able to accomplish that as I am not a US citizen and have no residency in Nevada?
Hi Candace, you’re not eligible for a divorce in Nevada unless you or your spouse become resident of Nevada. You might be eligible for an annulment, however, since you were married here. There is no residency required for filing an annulment on a marriage that took place in Nevada. This is our annulment website: https://nevadaannulment.org
My friend stays with me here in Nevada for more than 6 months before she move in to California where she currently live now. She wants to file a divorce here in Nevada, how can she obtain an Affidavit of Residency?
the current court rule in Nevada is that the person filing a divorce must have resided in Nevada a minimum of six weeks immediately preceding the filing of the divorce.
I am planning to file an uncontested divorce here in Nevada and both parties agreed. We do not have children, properties and no alimonies to discuss. I have established my residency here but my ex-spouse lives in a different state. Can I mail the papers to him and he will sign and notarize them in his state?
yes, absolutely. I don’t know how other law firms do it, but we always email the divorce documents to clients to review and ask for any changes before they come to their notary appointment at our office. Your spouse can download the documents, take them to a notary in his state of residence, ship the divorce documents to us, attorney signs the documents, and the case is filed.
My wife and I married over 20 years ago in Hong Kong, she is Filipino and I am British. We both currently reside in the Philippines and wish to get divorced. There is no divorce in the Philippines. Would either of us be able to take up residency in Nevada for a minimum of 6 weeks and file for divorce there as neither party is a US citizen?
Nevada residency rules for divorce state that at least one of the parties in the divorce must have resided in Nevada for a minimum of six weeks before filing and must have the intent to remain for the foreseeable future.
I am European national, Married in NV 2014. If I move to Vegas on tourist visa can I establish residency there without a work visa and apply for divorce after 6 weeks. This would be contested so it will go in front of a judge. My passport allows me to stay in USA for 90days. then after the divorce change my mind about living in NV,
Hi Gerry, this is a sticky situation. If you are not a true Nevada resident, the court will not grant your divorce. That said, if you were married in Nevada, you are eligible to file an annulment in Nevada without being a resident, and you don’t need to come here at all to have it granted. Visit our annulment website, https://nevadaannulment.org for details or call our office at 702-420-7052.
We are non US citizens Holding Indian passport. We got married in Las Vegas during our holiday trip . Things did not work out between us as have decided to part ways . We have registered married license from the Clark County office .
Kindly advise if we need to file a divorce to void the marriage and license . If yes then how can we file for divorce as we are non resident of US and stay in our home country
Looking forward for your advise .
you would not be able to have a divorce granted since you are not resident. However, since you were married in Nevada, you are eligible to file an annulment in Nevada without becoming a resident. You can read details on this on our annulment website, https://nevadaannulment.org or call our office at 702-420-7052.
I am a resident of Nevada I have been a resident for 29 years. I filed for my divorce and I was denied because my affidavit for resident witness form for dated and notarized the day before my file date, do I have to wait a certain amount of time before filing that form?
How to be legally divorced if non resident from Hong Kong whom got married in Las Vegas and had some proper Marriage License and ceremony in Treasure Island? What is the process of any? Have been separated for 5 years.
Hello Phil, if you were married in Nevada, you are actually eligible to file an annulment in Nevada. In Nevada, there is no residency required for the annulment of a marriage that took place here. However, for a divorce, you must be a resident to file. Whether you’d have a decent case for an annulment after all these years depends on a lot of things. You might want to check out our annulment website, https://nevadaannulment.org, or call the office and talk to our case intake paralegal.
I am a Filipino married to an American Citizen. I would like to file divorce with my American wife. Can I file it in Nevada?
Hello Phil, you can file for a divorce in Nevada, as long as you or your spouse are Nevada residents. https://nevadadivorce.org/residency-requirements/
I have no family or friend in Nevada. Landlord of room rental is not helpful. How can I get someone to sign affidavit when nobody wants to help. Can a lawyer sign it? Seems like a really stupid part of the rules. Only people with friends can get divorced…….
it’s a court rule; it’s really the only way to prove your residency unless you’re willing to go to a hearing at court and show your NV driver’s license and car registration and proof of rent payments. What about a co-worker?
I am a filipino, a tourist visa holder and is married in the philippines. My husbnd and i lives in the phils.
I would like to file a divorce in nevada, is that possible? I do have friends in nevada and i can stay there for more than six weeks. Would That be a valid residency? And is the divorce possible?
once you’re a Nevada resident, you can file a divorce here. Note that the divorce documents will state that, not only have you lived here for a minimum of six weeks, but that you have the intent to remain in Nevada. It doesn’t mean that you have to live here the rest of your life, just that, at the time you filed your divorce, you had the intent to remain. Our overwhelmed court system just wants to discourage people from coming here for six weeks, filing a divorce and leaving right after. This overtaxes the court and doesn’t contribute much to the local economy, hence that rule.
I am a Filipino green card holder and has been residing in Las Vegas for over 2 years. Last year I married in the Philippines but it didn’t work out. Can I file for divorce in Las Vegas? Would the Philippine court honor my divorce?
Hello Vera, you are eligible to file a divorce in Nevada, yes. I’m not sure how the process works in the Philippines as we only deal with the courts in Nevada, but we handle many divorces for people in the Las Vegas Filipino community. I know that some of them have had their divorces accepted by the courts in the Philippines when they needed that to happen.
HI, my son lives with me in las vegas Nevada for almost 5 years now. He went home to the Philippines to fix his marriage but to no avail. Both parties agreed on the divorce. he has been out of the country for 2 months now, does he still meet the Nevada resident requirement? Can I be the resident witness or it has to be another family member
Hello Maria, he needs to have lived in Nevada for a minimum of six weeks before filing, and the documents will state that he has the intent to remain in Nevada.
On second thought, Maria . . . is he back in Las Vegas now? If so, and if he’s lived here for five years before he went on a two-month trip, he’s still a current resident. As long as he’s back and not trying to file while he’s in the Philippines, he won’t have any issues with residency.
My family and I visited another country for the past 10 months but lived in Nevada for the past four years. I’m now back in the country . Will I have an issue of residency for myself and my two children if I file for divorce and custody?
it should be okay, but it’s probably best you wait the six weeks just to avoid any issues. Even if file a joint petition (no contest), a judge might call a hearing if s/he wants clear proof of your residency.
My husband and I have lived in CA for 28 years, married for 25. I found out he’s looking to move to Nevada and file for divorce. How will this affect me and should I file first in CA?
it’s entirely up to you. If you also want a divorce, and he’s making a legitimate move to Nevada, not just one where he files for the divorce and then goes back to live in California, then Nevada might be a better place to file. It seems to be much faster here. You could also wait and see if he does file, and then ask for the case to be moved to California where the whole marriage took place. Defendant has choice of venue (court), so you should be successful with that, unless there’s something I don’t know about that would prevent that.
I got married in vegas in 2014, wile on vacations, on 2015 he got arrested and now he is serving time in USA, we have a daughter but we both want to get divorced, how can he do it since he is serving time and i live in europe?
Hello Bea, is he incarcerated in Nevada? If so, we can help.
I was married in Las Vegas in December, once back in California, my husband denies having a legal marriage. I have filed for divorce in California, once served he filed in Nevada for annulment. Will I have to respond to Nevada papers while perusing my California case?
If you filed first in California, show proof to the Nevada court about it, and it’s highly likely this court will dismiss the case.
I am separated from my husband in the Philippines for 13 years and currently living with my US citizen bf here in Las Vegas for 2 months already. Can I divorce my husband in the Philippines?
Thank you very much for the reply.
Hello Maria, yes, you are eligible to file a divorce in Nevada since you have been here for six weeks. Contact the office for details on how: 702-680-1780.
My friend and his wife lived together in Las Vegas while they were married. She left him and moved out of state. He continued to live in Las Vegas for another 2 years. They both reside in different states (for over 15 years). Can either one of them file for divorce in Nevada since that was the last place they lived together, but no longer are residents of Nevada?
they’ll need to file in the state where one of them is resident. They’ve been gone from Las Vegas too long to file here.
My ex-wife and I filed for divorce without using an attorney about 3 years ago. We both have PERS retirements and verbally agreed not to pursue each other’s retirements, but nothing for/against it was mentioned in the decree. We have constant issues that stem from our joint custody of our now 16 year old daughter. Child support ends when our daughter turns 18. I have between 2 and 7 years before I retire and she has 7-12 unless she leaves early and takes a penalty. Can she reopen the divorce at any time and request a QDRO? Thank you.
Mike, if it’s been more than three years since the divorce and there is no fraud involved, there isn’t going to be much either of you can do to get the other’s retirement. You’d have to both stipulate to splitting your retirement with one another for it to take place at this point.
I’m married in the Philippines. I live in NV and my x-spouse lives in the Philippines. I’d like to file uncontested divorce in NV. How to process documents? My x-spouse lives in the Philippines.
we can help with that. Does he agree to sign? Whether he signs makes a difference in procedure and cost. He can sign in the Philippines or use the services of an e-notary. We have represented many Filipino residents of Nevada in their divorce when the other spouse still resides in the Philippines. We can do it whether your spouse signs or not. Feel free to call us at 702-680-1780.
Me and my husband are filing together with no issues contested. The problem is we have been in Nevada for a couple years (I have proof of rental, drivers license, bills, etc) and don’t know anyone else. I work from home and he is unemployed. I don’t know how to get an affidavit of residency. There isn’t anyone I see on monthly basis let alone weekly. What can I do?
You are welcome to ask your neighbor, do you have any family members that live in the state of Nevada? Unfortunately, there’s no way around not having a resident witness when filing for a divorce. Please call our office if you have any questions. Thank you! 702-680-1780