Reno Divorce Timeline

Married in haste - fr jerry
UNTIL MARCH 20, 1931, IT WASN’T EASY TO GET A DIVORCE. 

In New York, the waiting period for a divorce was one year or more, and the allowed ground was adultery. In California, the allowed grounds for a divorce were a little easier, but the waiting period was still one year. Nevada’s divorce business exploded on March 20, 1931 when the State Legislature reduced the residency requirement for a divorce from three months to six weeks – and legalized gambling. Divorce seekers from all walks of life — the rich, the poor, the famous, the working-class — came running by the thousands to get “Reno-vated,” a media term coined by Walter Winchell.

 NEVADA DIVORCE TIMELINE
Year and Residency Requirement

1871                              6 months

1914                            12 months

1915                              6 months

1927                              3 months

1931                              6 weeks

(Postcard circa 1932. Postage rate $.01. Courtesy Jerry Garrity.)

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