In Nevada, parents are legally obliged to financially support their children, which is known as child support. The amount of child support is determined by a set of guidelines that factor in the income of both parents, the number of children in the family, and the time each parent spends with the children. The guidelines are calculated as a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s gross monthly income and increase with the number of children. For instance, one child may require 18% of the non-custodial parent’s gross monthly income, while two children may require 25%. Besides basic child support, parents may also be responsible for expenses such as health insurance, childcare, and education costs, which are typically divided between the parents based on their income.
Parents in Nevada may be required to pay child support until the child turns 18, or until they graduate from high school, whichever occurs later. In some cases, child support may continue beyond this point if the child has special needs or is still dependent on the parent for support.
Enforcement of child support orders in Nevada can be done through various methods, including wage garnishment, interception of tax refunds, and suspension of driver’s or professional licenses.
Modifying Child Support Orders in Nevada
If your financial situation changes, you may be able to modify your child support order in Nevada. To do so, you must file a motion with the court and prove that there has been a substantial change in circumstances that affects your ability to pay or receive child support. Some examples of substantial changes in circumstances that may warrant a modification of child support orders include:
- A significant increase or decrease in either parent’s income
- A change in the custody or visitation arrangement
- The child’s needs have changed, such as if the child requires additional medical or educational expenses
- A change in the cost of living
If you are seeking legal assistance with child support matters in Nevada, choose us to be your child support attorney. We have a deep understanding of the laws and guidelines surrounding child support in Nevada, and we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve fair and reasonable child support arrangements. Contact us at (702) 776-7179 or schedule a consultation