Reno Divorce Timeline

Postcard from the Reno divorce era

Postcard from the Reno divorce era, artist Lew Hymers, 1942 (University of Nevada, Reno, Special Collections)

Before March 20, 1931, it wasn’t easy to get a divorce

In Nevada, the residency requirement was three months. In New York, the waiting period was one year or more.

On March 20, 1931, Nevada made it simple: Reside anywhere in the State for only six weeks.

 Year and Residency Requirement for a Divorce in Nevada

1871                              6 months

1914                            12 months

1915                              6 months

1927                              3 months

    1931                             Just 6 weeks!

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