When is a divorce final
A divorce in Nevada is not final when the judge issues an order. There are still administrative I's to dot, and judicial T's to cross.
Order From The CourtLitigating a divorce requires both spouses and the divorce lawyers to devote a huge amount of energy, money, emotion, and time. You can imagine that when the judge drops the gavel for the last time, everyone involved breathes a sigh of relief, knowing that the case is over . . . or is it?
The answer is, "not quite." The day that the judge finishes the trial, deciding to grant the divorce, and resolving issues surrounding child custody, property, and spousal support is not truly the "divorce day." The divorce is not final until the judge signs documents officially "entering" the judgment into court records, and that may not happen for a matter of weeks after that last trial day.
Nevada's divorce laws describe how judges can or must decide questions of support, custody, and property division, along with the divorcing couple's rights in those instances. The laws, however, do not address certain practical concerns that virtually every divorcing couple faces. Questions such as, "When can I change my insurance coverages? When can I change my bank accounts?" If a spouse has changed his or her name, additional questions arise, such as, "When can I go back to my pre-married name? When can I change my social security card? When can I change my driver's license?"
Finalizing the DivorceSeveral things need to happen before the divorce is final;
1. The court will designate one of the lawyers to review the court minutes and to draft a court order.
2. The court minutes are required to accomplish this. Court minutes are the written transcription of the actual words spoken by the judge in the court. After several days, court minutes are able to be reviewed on the court website.
3. The attorney reviews the court minutes and drafts an order. The attorney submits to the attorney for review and recomendations to the wording.
4. After the two attorneys agree on the wording in the final order, they sign and submit to the judge for signature.
5. Judge signs and then a notice of the divorce decree is filed and sent to all parties.