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In order to get a divorce in Nevada, you or your spouse must be a Nevada resident. That means you must have lived here for at least six weeks prior to filing for a divorce with the intention to make Nevada your home going forward. There are two types of divorces in Nevada, uncontested divorces, also known as Joint Petitions for Divorce, or contested divorces, which begin with a Complaint.
Domestic Partnerships Lesbians & Gays
The definition of family is rapidly changing in America. Surratt Law Practice welcomes all families in need of legal protection. The LGBT community has a significant number of complex legal issues that may or may not take place in other family formation or divorce matters because of the rapid pace of changing laws and legal uncertainties. Nevada made a significant shifts in these rights in October of 2009 when Nevada Domestic Partnerships became effective.
Legal custody is the concept of making parenting decisions such as school enrollment, extracurricular activities, religious upbringing and medical needs of the children on a non-emergency basis. In most cases, parents share joint legal custody and are encouraged to confer with one another regarding parenting decisions even after divorce.
Child support payments are designed to provide for the needs of your child or children. Whether you are seeking to collect child support, or are attempting to defend yourself from having to excessively pay such support, Surratt Law will work with you and provide you with the advice you need to ensure that your children are receiving the appropriate amount of financial support.
Unmarried Parents Adoption
Surratt Law Practice, PC is a Reno adoption law firm that provides adoption and related legal services to clients. There is truly an unprecedented need for homes for thousands of children across the nation as well as in Nevada. The desire to make a difference in a child’s life is a wonderful thing. While the decision to adopt can lead to a very blessed time in one’s life, it also can be very stressful without proper guidance.
In the state of Nevada, engaged, married, or cohabiting couples may enter into agreements defining their property rights, and depending upon the type of agreement, their support, and other rights and obligations according to Chapter 123A.010 – 100 of the Nevada Revised Statutes. The Uniform Premarital Agreement Act defines a premarital agreement as, “an agreement between prospective spouses made in contemplation of marriage and to be effective upon marriage.”
Mediation is a process where the mediator works with people who have legal disputes or potential legal disputes in an attempt to help them resolve their disagreements. Although the mediators in this office are attorneys, they do not represent the interests of any one party. The mediator remains neutral while communicating the law to both parties regardless of the impact to any one party.
Are Surrogacy / Gestational Carrier agreements enforceable in Nevada? Yes, a gestational carrier agreement is enforceable in Nevada. In fact, Nevada requires that you have a gestational carrier agreement in place before the Carrier is on her medications in order intended parents to be declared the parents of a child pursuant to the arrangement.
Is Surrogacy allowed in the State of Nevada? Yes, Nevada does allow a surrogacy/gestational carrier arrangement. You must comply with the minimum requirements of Nevada law, including but not limited to have a valid contract.
Egg & Sperm Donations
Can an egg donor be used in the State of Nevada? Yes, it is permissible by statute to use an egg donation in the State of Nevada and be the legal parent of the child. Can an embryo donor be used in the State of Nevada? Yes, it is permissible by statute to use an embryo donation in the State of Nevada and be the legal parent of the child.
Paternity & Maternity
Do intended parents in a Surrogacy / Gestational Carrier Arrangement have to be married in the State of Nevada? No, Intended Parents in a Surrogacy / Gestational Carrier Arrangement do not have to be married in the State of Nevada.
Wills & Trusts
Nevada’s estate planning laws set out the legal requirements for creating a valid Will, trust, identify methods for declaring your wishes regarding life-prolonging medical procedures, and describe the probate process in your state.