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How to Find a Divorce Record in Nevada
Divorce records in Nevada are official documents generated when married people terminate their unions at the state’s family courts. After a divorce, the clerk files and stores all case proceedings including evidence, oral arguments, reports, motions, orders, and judgment. These documents are prepared in three forms, each containing varying degrees of information. The three forms include divorce certificates, divorce decrees, and divorce records. All three records are used for various reasons and cannot serve as substitutes for one another.
Divorce records are considered court records. They may therefore be searched on third-party public record websites. Divorce records can offer personal information on minors, finances, and sensitive criminal information like domestic abuse. Because of this, divorce record, certificate, and decree availability is usually much lower than other types of public records because of the personal nature of divorces. Simply put, divorce records are significantly harder to obtain and search for than other types of public records.
What is a Divorce Certificate?
A divorce certificate is a vital document that indicates a divorce process has been completed. This document is the most summarized form of divorce records as well as the most frequently requested. It contains the names of the persons involved, date of divorce, and the court where the separation was finalized. Divorce certificates are required documents for those applying for new marriage licenses when remarrying.
What is a Divorce Decree?
A divorce decree is a court record generated during divorce case proceedings. It contains the final judgment and provides details of post-marriage arrangements such as asset and debit divisions, child and spousal support, and custody rights and arrangements. To be considered valid, divorce decrees must be signed by the presiding judges. Those eligible to receive copies of divorce decrees include the divorced parties named on these records, their legal representatives, and third parties with relevant court orders.
What is a Divorce Record?
Divorce records consist of full case files generated during divorce processes. They include all documents presented before Nevada family courts as evidence, summons, motions, sworn affidavits, orders, notices, citations, oral arguments, and final judgments. Divorce records are maintained by the clerks of the courthouses where the cases were handled. The information contained in divorce certificates and divorce decrees are included in, or extracted from, divorce case files.
Are Divorce Records Available to the Public in Nevada?
Divorce records are considered public records in Nevada. Therefore, these records are available to members of the public. However, parts of divorce records containing sensitive information are protected by state statutes and are deemed confidential. The individuals involved in a divorce can also petition the court to seal their divorce records.
Sealed divorce records in Nevada are records removed from public viewing by state statutes or court orders. Nevada protects certain information contained in divorce records and makes them unavailable to the public by default. These include financial records, child support arrangements, and identities of minors and victims of domestic abuse.
To seal an entire divorce record in Nevada, the requesting party must petition the court and provide cogent reasons why the records should be removed from the public domain. If the judge agrees with the petitioner, they will issue a court order directing the court clerk to seal the record. Petitioners should seek legal counsel before petitioning the court to increase their chances of successfully sealing their records. Sealed divorce records are available to the divorcees and their designated attorneys. Members of law enforcement agencies may require the information contained in these records for ongoing investigations and persons with relevant court orders may also gain access to sealed divorce records.
How to Obtain Nevada Divorce Court Records
Divorce court records include divorce decrees and divorce case files. These records are filed in and maintained by the family courts or family divisions of Nevada District Courts. Nevada court clerks are responsible for releasing these records to interested parties. The Supreme Court Clerk also maintains the case files of appealed divorce cases heard in the state’s appellate court. It is important to note that divorce records are not available from the Nevada Department of Public and Behavioral Health. This office can only search for and verify divorces.
Before visiting or mailing Nevada District Courts for copies of a divorce record, make sure to have all the information needed to find and retrieve the record. These include the names of the divorced parties in the record, case file number, and approximate year the divorce was finalized. Also, specify the particular record of interest. Usually, no documents are required to obtain public portions of divorce records. However, requesters will need to submit their government-issued photo identifications if they are requesting for certified copies or sealed divorce records.
Most Nevada courts accept both in-person and mail requests for divorce records. Some of them also accept email requests. To ascertain the methods accepted in a particular courthouse, contact its clerk’s office and enquire about accepted methods of requesting the court records.
Nevada courts charge 50 cents per page for plain copies of divorce records. A certified copy of a divorce court document costs $3 while the court charges $6 for exemplified records. Contact the court clerk’s office to enquire about the current rates before submitting a request.
The 8th Judicial District Court of Nevada located in Clarke County also allows the public to search and view divorce records online from its Court Records Inquiry page. Search this portal using divorce case numbers, names of the parties involved, or names of representative attorneys.
Government public record search portals and third-party public record websites both may provide court records search tools, which can help find divorce records, though record availability usually varies widely. Divorce records in particular may simply not be available through either source.
How to Obtain Nevada Divorce Certificate
Order Nevada divorce certificates from the District Court Clerk Offices in person or by mail. Requesters must provide information needed to search for and retrieve these records. These include names of the divorced parties, case numbers, divorce dates, and names of presiding judges. Before visiting a Nevada District Court to request divorce certificates in person, contact the office of the court clerk to get information about the current search/copy fees and acceptable payment methods.
To submit a mail request for a Nevada divorce certificate, send a written request providing all required information to the clerk’s office at the courthouse of interest. Enclose a copy of a valid government-issued ID, appropriate fees, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Some Nevada District Court clerks provide downloadable request forms on their respective websites to facilitate the request processes. If available, complete and submit this form in place of a written request.
Does Nevada Recognize Common-Law Marriages?
Nevada recognizes common-law marriages started before March 29, 1943. In Nevada, marriage is a civil contract that requires the consent of both parties and a formal ceremony known as “solemnization” in front of witnesses. Two individuals may form a domestic partnership with the Secretary of State if they share a residence, are not married or members of another domestic partnership, are not blood relatives in a way that would preclude them from marrying in Nevada, are both at least 18 years of age, and are both competent to consent to the partnership. Domestic partners are entitled to the same benefits, duties, obligations, protections, responsibilities, and rights as spouses. No company, however, is compelled to give healthcare benefits to an employee’s domestic partner.