How to File a Joint Petition Annulment in Las Vegas
By Jeff Franco J.D./M.A./M.B.A.
Whether you got married in Las Vegas while on vacation or call the city your home, you may be able to annul your marriage in Clark County, Nevada. Even if your spouse also wants the annulment, filing a joint petition -- or joint complaint, rather -- isn’t an option. Only one spouse may file the initial complaint. But the fact you’re both in agreement to void the marriage will speed up the process significantly. However, there are a number of Nevada requirements all couples must consider.
General Nevada Requirements
All couples who want to annul their marriage in Las Vegas must satisfy two basic requirements before filing a Complaint for Annulment in Clark County. First, you must either have been married in Nevada or one spouse must be a resident of the state for at least six weeks prior to filing the complaint. The second requirement is that at least one of the legal grounds necessary for obtaining an annulment is met.
Grounds for Annulment
You need more than just mere regret to annul your marriage in Las Vegas. The state will annul your marriage if your spouse is a close blood relative; your marriage required the consent of a parent, guardian, or court, and consent was never given; one spouse fraudulently obtained consent to marry from the other spouse; one spouse was mentally incompetent or unable to understand what he or she was consenting to; or at the time the marriage took place, one spouse was legally married to another person.
Preparing the Complaint
To begin the annulment process, one spouse must file the initial complaint with the Clark County Family Court. Regardless of whether you and your spouse both agree to annul the marriage, Clark County, unlike other counties in Nevada, allows only one party to file the complaint. Clark County provides standard forms on its website that you can fill in and simply check off required information. You must confirm you meet jurisdictional requirements; provide information on the existence of community property and debts; indicate the grounds for annulment; and provide information relating to spousal support. Once you complete the complaint form, you must sign the document in the presence of a notary.
Finalizing Annulment Documents
After completing your complaint, you can file it with the court through its online e-filing system then arrange to serve your spouse with a copy of the complaint. Because your spouse wants the annulment too, you can accomplish this by having your spouse sign an acknowledgment or waiver of service with the court – thereby satisfying the notice requirement. One way that couples who agree to an annulment can avoid additional court procedures and hearings is for the non-filing spouse to refrain from filing an answer to the complaint. After 20 days from the date your spouse receives a copy of the complaint, and doesn't file an answer, you can make a request to the court to enter a default judgment against the defendant-spouse. Once this occurs, you can arrange to have a judge sign a Decree of Annulment – which effectively voids your marriage.
Jeff Franco's professional writing career began in 2010. With expertise in federal taxation, law and accounting, he has published articles in various online publications. Franco holds a Master of Business Administration in accounting and a Master of Science in taxation from Fordham University. He also holds a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School.