What were the effective dates of each of these two laws? I am asking for purposes of my academic research, which relates to the history of the American family.

  1. 1968 Delaware, 124th General Assembly, Chapter 296.
  2. 1967 Nevada, 54th session, Chapter 278.

The effective dates are not mentioned in either of the two laws. Usually the state's statute books or constitution would provide for when a law becomes effective, if it is not explicitly stated in the law itself. But for Delaware and Nevada I have not been able to find such information.

(Pending the establishment of Law.SE, I thought History.SE was the next best place to ask this. Please let me know if there is a more appropriate SE for this question.)

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    Probably off topic, but a quick Google search turns up this page with time frames for each state. For NV, the relevant statute is NRS 218D.330. In DE, it would seem to be the court's interpretation of Article III §18 of the DE constitution, but I didn't locate a statute or relevant case law.
    – Comintern
    Apr 4, 2015 at 21:39

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The answers are, respectively, June 11, 1968 and July 1, 1967.

The source for my answer for Delaware is this Supreme Court of Delaware decision.

For Nevada, the present law is that the default effective date is October 1 (NRS 218D.330.).

However, as the legislative history of that law states, it was amended in 1925, 1989, and 2011. The 1989 amendment changed the default effective date from July 1 to October 1. Thus, the default effective date of Nevada laws between 1926 and 1988 would have been July 1.

For these answers I must credit Comintern's comment for the initial clues.

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