If you would like to file for a separation from your spouse, there are forms you must fill out and file.  You can find instructions and all the forms you need to start a separation case in this section.

TIP!

Make sure you understand the basic legal concepts before filling out any forms. Because separations involve many of the same things as divorces and custody cases, you should visit the Divorce Overview and Custody Overview pages for brief overview of the Nevada laws and procedures.

Step 1. Complete the Papers

To open a separation case, you will need to file all of the forms below:

 

Cover Sheet

This form is REQUIRED.  This form asks for basic information about you, your spouse, and any children that you and your spouse have together. You are the Plaintiff and your spouse is the Defendant.  

Civil Cover Sheet (pdf fillable)

 

Summons

This form is REQUIRED.  This form tells your spouse that you have filed for divorce. The form also tells your spouse that he or she must file a response within 20 days, or a default may be entered against them. 

Summons (pdf fillable)

Summons (pdf)

 

Complaint for Separation

This form is REQUIRED.  This form tells the judge and your spouse what you want out of the separation. You are the Plaintiff and your spouse is the Defendant. You will check boxes and fill in blanks to tell the judge and your spouse things like:

  • What kind of child custody / visitation schedule you would like (if there are children)
  • How much child support should be ordered (if there are children)
  • How you would like to divide the property and debts
  • If alimony should be ordered
  • If you want to have a former name restored

Be sure to fill out all of the sections. If you leave something blank, the judge will not know what you are asking for, and it may slow down your case.

Complaint for Separation - No Kids (pdf fillable)

Complaint for Separation - No Kids (pdf)

Complaint for Separation - With Kids (pdf fillable)

Complaint for Separation - With Kids (pdf)

 

Step 2. File the Papers

After you fill out the papers above, you will need to file them with the district court in your county.  Visit Find My Court if you are not sure where your local district court is located.

The court will charge you a filing fee to file your papers.  The fee is different in every county.  Find out from your local court what the filing fee will be. 

If you cannot afford the filing fee, please see Filing Fees and Waivers to find out how to ask the court to waive the fee.

 

Next Step: Serve the Defendant

After you complete the steps on this page, a copy of the summons and complaint (and anything else you filed) must be hand-delivered to your spouse (the “Defendant”). The Court does not serve the papers for you.  It is up to YOU to make sure your spouse gets served after you file.  After you have completed the steps on this page, learn all about how to have your spouse served by visiting the How to Serve the Separation Papers page.

WARNING!

The Court does not serve the papers for you.  If you do not make sure the Defendant is properly served, your case could be dismissed. 

About This Website

This website is intended to provide general information, forms, and resources for people who are representing themselves in Nevada's courts without a lawyer. There may be additional information you need to know depending on where your case is being handled. If you will be representing yourself in Clark County or Washoe County, you should visit those self-help websites for specialized forms and instructions.