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Helping to Calculate Child Support in Nevada

On February 1, 2020, child support laws changed in the State of Nevada. The biggest change is that there is a tiered calculation based upon income, and there are no longer any caps (maximum amounts per child). The first step is always to calculate each parent’s gross monthly income. Gross monthly income means salary and wages, overtime if it is “substantial, consistent and can be accurately determined[,]” interest and investment income, Social Security benefits (age based and disability based), periodic payments from retirement, proceeds from worker’s compensation or personal injury awards, unemployment insurance, etc. The list is much more expansive then previously provided under the law.

Once gross monthly income is calculated, the second step is to determine the physical custodial arrangement. The physical custody arrangement determines who will pay child support. In a primary physical custody arrangement, the “non-custodial” parent pays child support based upon the formula. The only manner to modify that amount is through deviation set forth in the child new child support guidelines. In a joint physical custody arrangement, the child support is calculated for both parents and then an offset is applied based upon the difference between the income of the higher income parent and the lower income parent. The figures to calculate child support is based upon the number of children. The percentage changes for the first $6,000.00 of income, then the next $4,000.00 in income and then any amount after $10,000.00. A breakdown of those percentages is as follows:

One child:

  • The first $6,000.00 of a parent’s gross monthly income is calculated at 16%,
  • The next $4,000.00 of a parent’s gross monthly income is calculated at 8%, and
  • Anything over $10,000.00 in gross monthly income is calculated at 4%.

Two children:

  • The first $6,000.00 of a parent’s gross monthly income is calculated at 22%,
  • The next $4,000.00 of a parent’s gross monthly income is calculated at 11%, and
  • Anything over $10,000.00 in gross monthly income is calculated at 6%.

Three children:

  • The first $6,000.00 of a parent’s gross monthly income is calculated at 26%,
  • The next $4,000.00 of a parent’s gross monthly income is calculated at 13%, and
  • Anything over $10,000.00 in gross monthly income is calculated at 6%.

Four children:

  • The first $6,000.00 of a parent’s gross monthly income is calculated at 28%,
  • The next $4,000.00 of a parent’s gross monthly income is calculated at 14%, and
  • Anything over $10,000.00 in gross monthly income is calculated at 7%.

Any number above four children:

  • The first $6,000.00 of a parent’s gross monthly income is calculated at 28% plus 2% for each additional child,
  • The next $4,000.00 of a parent’s gross monthly income is calculated at 14% plus 1% for each additional child, and
  • Anything over $10,000.00 in gross monthly income is calculated at 7% plus ½ a percent for each additional child.

Besides the basic calculation, there are also deviation or modification factors that the Court can consider.

How Long Does Child Support Last in Nevada?

If you are ordered to pay child support in Nevada, you will be responsible for payments until the child turns 18 years of age. If the child is still in high school, the duration can be extended to 19 or until they graduate.

If the child is disabled and cannot become financially independent, the court may order payments to continue indefinitely.

Support payments may stop prematurely if the child becomes emancipated. Emancipation is the legal process in which a minor declares freedom from their parents, essentially stripping them from any financial responsibilities. Common examples of emancipation include marriage and joining the military.

Can Child Support be Modified in Nevada?

To request a modification of existing child support orders you must be able to prove that a change in circumstances has occurred and it has impacted your ability to pay. Examples of these circumstances may include the loss of a job, an injury that has left you disabled, or an emergency expense which has crippled your finances. Regardless of the reason, there are also laws Nevada has put into place which control how support is modified:

  • You may only request a modification if the change of income totals at least 20%
  • All child support orders are reviewable after three years
  • Child support orders may be altered if new children are born or a remarriage has occurred
  • Payments may be stopped indefinitely if the custodial parent relocates

Contact our office today for assistance in modifications or any other child support matter.

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