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Family Law in Nevada – What You Need To Know

nevada divorce lawOne cannot just hire a good family law attorney in Nevada and then leave everything in their hands, expecting to show up at court at the end and have everything fall into place like a television show.

There are many steps in between the start of a divorce case and the trial. Also, since over 90 percent of cases settle without having to go to trial, the odds are that the case will not be going to trial. Client need to know the process by which these cases navigate their way through the court system.

It can be very intimidating when client is facing something new and client don’t know what to expect. The first date, the first kiss, the first child, is all events that can fill client with anxiety. Client may find oneself wondering, what am I supposed to be doing? Am I doing this right? Is there something else I’m supposed to be doing? It has often been said that if life came with an instruction book things would be much easier.

Divorce is a high stress situation. Even if client has gone through divorce before, it is still stressful. It is even more stressful if client do not know what to anticipate. The future and the future of the children are all on the shoulders. Learning what to expect can decrease some of the anxiety.

Divorce court

Nevada family courtroomOften people speak with their friends and relatives in order to learn about divorce court. This can result in incorrect information. The fact pattern in the friend or relative’s case may be quite different from clients. Their case may have been uncontested, whereas the might be hotly contested.

Their case might have been a “knock down drag out” custody battle, whereas the case might be resolved amicably. Their case may have been in a different state, in a different county, or in front of a different judge. Even if their case was heard in front of the very same judge, the laws may have changed since their case was heard. Realize that any information client obtain through the rumor mill may do client more harm than good.

Types of courts

In the United States, there are two main types of courts: civil and criminal. Divorces are heard in the civil court system. Some places have special courts designated for hearing divorces and other family court matters. These courts have different names around the country, including family court, matrimonial court and domestic relations court. Within these courts, the rules can be different from regular civil courts. In fact, the procedural rules and the substantive law on divorce are different in every single state in America.

The rules and law can also be different from one county to another within the same state. Even within the same county, one judge may have different rules than another judge, and one judge may interpret the laws and rules in a different way than another judge down the hall. And the laws and procedural rules are constantly changing. Only a Nevada family law attorney will have much knowledge about these rules and regulations.