Getting the Final Divorce Decree
This page is for people who have already filed a divorce case, followed all required steps, and need to finish the divorce.
If neither you or your spouse has filed a case yet, you must first File for Divorce On Your Own or File for Divorce Together. Do not use the forms on this page until you have filed a case and are ready to finish the divorce.
The final step in a divorce case is having a judge sign a Decree of Divorce. This is the document that includes all of the terms of the divorce and legally ends the marriage. A divorce is not final until a judge has signed a Decree of Divorce and it is filed with the Clerk of Court.
How a Divorce is Granted
There are three different ways that a Decree of Divorce is usually granted:
Divorce by Default: If the Defendant was served with the summons and complaint for divorce, but did not file any paperwork within 20 days, the Plaintiff can ask the court to enter a default and grant a final divorce. The Plaintiff will typically get a Decree of Divorce that includes everything asked for in the complaint. Follow ALL of the steps below if you would like to get a Default Decree of Divorce.
Divorce by Agreement: If both parties reach an agreement on all terms of the divorce after the case has been filed, they can prepare a final Decree of Divorce with their full agreement included. Both parties must sign the Decree of Divorce, and can usually submit the Decree to the judge for approval without a hearing. Start at Step 2 below to get the divorce finalized.
Divorce Granted at a Trial or Hearing: When the judge grants a divorce at a trial or a hearing, the judge will issue all of the orders that are to be part of the final divorce. However, the divorce is not final until the written Decree of Divorce is signed by the judge. Sometimes, the judge tells one party to “prepare the decree.” Whoever was ordered to prepare the decree can start at Step 3 or 4 below to get the divorce finalized.
Steps to Getting the Final Decree
These instructions are for cases that started with one person filing for divorce against the other (a "plaintiff" versus a "defendant.") This page is not for people who filed jointly for divorce from the start. For instructions on how to get a divorce approved if you filed a Joint Petition for Divorce, please see Filing for Divorce Together.
Step 1. Prepare the Paperwork
The following forms must be completed to get your final Decree of Divorce:
Default. If Defendant did not file any paperwork within 20 days of being served, you first have to ask the Clerk of Court to enter a default against the Defendant. The Plaintiff must complete the default and bring it to the Clerk’s Office for approval.
FYI!The default requires you to include the date that Defendant was served. Look on the Affidavit of Service to find this date. If Defendant was served by publication, the date of service is usually the last date listed under the publication dates on the Affidavit of Publication.
Request for Submission. If you want your divorce approved without having a hearing, fill out the Request for Submission. This form asks the judge to approve of the Decree of Divorce without a hearing. Only one party needs to complete this (usually the Plaintiff).
- Affidavit of Resident Witness. This step is only needed if you are asking for a final divorce without having a hearing, or if the judge did not establish either party’s Nevada residency on record at a hearing. One spouse must be a Nevada resident in order to get divorced in Nevada. The Affidavit of Resident Witness is the proof that one of the spouses has lived in Nevada for at least 6 weeks before filing for divorce and intends to remain here. Ask a friend, coworker, or family member who sees the Nevada resident spouse 3-4 times per week to complete this form.
Confidential Information Sheet. This form discloses both spouses' social security numbers (which is required for everyone filing for divorce) and helps parents with child support enforcement in the future if needed. It is a confidential document that is not part of the public record.
Confidential Information Sheet - WITH CHILDREN (pdf fillable)
Confidential Information Sheet - NO CHILDREN (pdf fillable)
The Decree of Divorce. The Decree of Divorce is the final order that includes all the terms of the divorce. How you fill out the Decree of Divorce will depend on how you are getting the final decree:
- If you are getting a Default Decree of Divorce: Everything in your proposed Decree of Divorce should match everything you asked for in your complaint.
- If both parties are signing the Decree of Divorce: The Decree of Divorce must include all of the agreements between you and your spouse. You both must sign the Decree of Divorce.
- If you are submitting a Decree of Divorce based on a hearing or trial: Everything in your proposed Decree of Divorce must match everything the judge ordered at your hearing. Make sure the proposed Decree of Divorce includes everything the judge ordered.
Step 2. Submit the Documents to the Court
File all the documents above, except the Decree of Divorce, with the court. Submit the original Decree of Divorce and two copies to the judge.
Step 3. Wait for the Decree of Divorce
The judge will review the Decree of Divorce, and if everything is completed properly, the judge will sign the Decree of Divorce. The judge's staff might call you when the Decree is ready so you can pick it up and file it yourself, or the judge's staff might send it to you in the mail (it is usually mailed to the person who filled out the upper left corner of the first page).
Make sure the Decree is "filed" at the clerk's office, since that is the date the divorce is final.
The date you are legally divorced is the date the Decree is "filed" at the Clerk's Office, not the date the judge signs the Decree! This is the date that appears on the upper right corner on the first page of the Decree of Divorce. If the judge's staff tells you to "file" the Decree, make sure you file it at the Clerk's Office so your divorce will be final.
Step 4. File a Notice of Entry of Order and Serve the Other Party
The date this form gets filed is the date that starts the timelines for anyone to appeal. After you receive the signed and filed final Decree of Divorce, you must fill out the Notice of Entry of Order and attach a copy of the Decree of Divorce.
File the Notice of Entry of Order (with a copy of the Decree attached) with the court. Be sure to fill out the Certificate of Mailing at the bottom, because you will have to mail a copy of this form to the other party the same day you file it.
Make a copy of the Notice of Entry of Order (with the Decree of Divorce attached) and mail it to the other party. You can mail it by regular mail.