Las Vegas Same Sex Divorce Attorney
We offer affordable divorce attorney representation for the dissolution of same-sex marriages as well as to dissolve domestic partnerships. Attorney James E. Smith has been representing parties in Nevada for 25+ years.
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“I believe in access to affordable legal representation for all and I am dedicated to bringing you the highest-quality divorce service possible — at a price that makes sense to you in today’s economy…”
Attorney James Smith
Joint Petition Divorce
for Same-sex Couples
(both parties sign)
From $350 and court costs*
Just sign and leave the rest to us!
- Licensed Attorney James Smith Represents You (since 1985 and member of Lambda)
- With No Children and No Property $350
- With Property and No Children $399
- With Children or Children and Property $499
- Pay only Half Now
Attorney James Smith has been practicing law in Nevada since 1985. He is licensed in Nevada and California and holds a BV rating (highest possible) with Martindale-Hubbell®, the authoritative resource for information on the worldwide legal profession. He is also BBB A+ rated and has been for the past 24 years.
We have filed thousands of divorces and annulments over the years, at an average of 390 cases per year! Because of this, we can take in, file, and process cases quickly. We have a propriety system designed to move cases along at the fastest possible pace within the constraints of Family Court.
Our case intake paralegals are well-trained and can answer a huge majority of your questions. Those they cannot answer will be answered by the attorney, whose office is next door to the intake paralegals’. They often discuss cases as part of the decision process of whether or not to accept a client. If we can’t help you, we don’t take your money. Call us at 702-420-7052 for your free consultation.
What we guarantee when you file your divorce through us:
- Prompt response to your phone calls and e-mails even after you pay us!
- Dedication to serving your needs with compassion, to the best of our ability and power.
- Make two payments instead of one (unless you want to pay in full).
- We guarantee prompt and courteous service by our trained, certified, and qualified staff. Our goal is to get you through this quickly so you can move on with your life.
- We NEVER share your information with anyone other than those required to know for processing your case through the courts (the attorney, our staff members working directly on your case, the court clerks, and your judge).
How do I file a same-sex joint petition divorce in Las Vegas?
(two signature divorce)
- In Las Vegas, a same-sex marriage divorce is often filed in the form of a Joint Petition for Divorce (NRS 125.182) when both parties agree to all terms of the divorce, including child custody, child support, visitation, and property division (if applicable) and when both parties agree to sign the divorce documents. A joint petition divorce is by far the easiest, fastest, and least acrimonious way to divorce. If the parties don’t agree on all the issues, they could consider a collaborative divorce (a.k.a. mediated divorce). This avoids a court battle and save lots of money, not to mention angst.
- Both Husband and Wife must sign the documents in front of a notary (notary service are included with our attorney services).
- The resident of Las Vegas must sign the divorce documents in front of a Nevada notary. The other party may sign in front of a notary anywhere else in the world. If one of the parties lives outside the U.S., he or she can usually sign the divorce documents at a U.S. Consulate. They notarize legal documents that are to be filed in a U.S. court, whether or not the party getting notarized is a U.S. citizen.
- From the time we have all the signed documents in our hands, meaning the joint petition and decree signed by both parties, as well as the resident witness affidavit, it takes about one to two weeks to finalize a divorce, worst case scenario three weeks if the court is extra busy or your judge is very busy. The average is about 10 days. If your spouse is not going to sign the divorce documents, see below to learn how to file a one-signature divorce (Complaint for Divorce).
- A dissolution of Domestic Partnership does NOT dissolve a marriage, only the Domestic Partnership.
- A Divorce can dissolve both the Domestic Partnership and the marriage.
How do I file an uncontested complaint for divorce in Las Vegas?
(one signature divorce)
- When filing a one-signature divorce, one party acts as Plaintiff (the person who signs the Complaint for Divorce), and serves the other party (we arrange the services of a process server for our clients) who becomes the Defendant.
- In some cases, the Defendant ignores receipt of the Complaint and does nothing, in which case the divorce continues as an uncontested matter. If this occurs, a Default is filed with the court on Day 22 after the date of personal service (through a process server) or after the last date of the publication of the Summons, if the Defendant could not be found to be personally served by the process server. All procedures are set by the rule and they must be followed in order to have the divorce granted.
- Once the Default is granted, the Decree of Divorce is submitted for the judge’s signature. Once the judge has reviewed all the filings and it’s been determined by the court clerk that process service went as per court rules, the judge signs the Decree of Divorce, the clerk files it or sends it to our office to e-file. It’s when the divorce decree has been filed by the clerk that your divorce is considerd final, not when the judge has signed the decree.
- If your divorce proceeds as above, it is still considered an uncontested divorce as per divorce statutes in Nevada
Can’t locate your spouse?
- If you cannot locate your spouse, you may still obtain a Nevada divorce through a default process whereby the Defendant (your spouse) is “served by publication.” This involves attempted service on your spouse by a process server, at your spouse’s last-known address.
- If the process server was unable to serve the Complaint for Divorce and Summons to your spouse, publication of the Summons in a newspaper, once a week for five weeks, will follow. This is considered proper service.
Mediation before filing your same-sex divorce in Las Vegas
Are you a good candidate for a Collaborative Divorce?
- Have you been in a long-term marriage, and, or, have a lot of assets, and wonder how to divide your property as a part of your divorce?
- Do you have a lot of debt and feel unsure as to how it should be divided?
- Do you wonder what is appropriate, proper and customary regarding child physical custody, visitation, and child support issues before you file your divorce?
If any of the above questions have come to your mind, consider divorce mediation before filing your uncontested divorce. A collaborative divorce is the best solution for long-term marriages. It greatly simplifies your decision-making process and reassures you that you are making the right decisions when filing your divorce.
What a real client said about us
Made everything easy!
“Thank you so much Discount Las Vegas Lawyer for helping me process my divorce.
It really made everything easy for me especially with your very trustworthy company.”
K.P.F. Las Vegas, Nevada
*Court Costs (currently $326 for Joint Petition Divorce ($342 with children), and $364 for a Complaint for Divorce) and cost of process service and publication (when the other party won’t sign or cannot be found) is additional: process service in the U.S. average cost is $150; publication average $125. Out of country service costs vary by country and are individual to each case. Custody Agreement filing costs: Complaint $259, Answer $212, costs $60.