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Child Support Lawyer in Nevada

In Nevada, every child has a legal right to be financially supported by both of his or her parents. However, it is impossible to quantify exactly how much it costs to raise a child. Accordingly, Nevada has developed a formula to determine how much each parent should have to pay for a child’s support.

A father and son play basketball after the father wins a child support case in Henderson, NV.

How Much Child Support Will You Pay or Receive?

The amount of Child Support a parent is entitled to receive or required to pay is contingent upon the type of Custody enjoyed by that parent and the parents’ respective incomes. A parent with Primary Physical Custody will likely receive Child Support from a parent with Visitation only. How much Child Support is received or owed is contingent upon 1) the number of children the Parties share, the income of the parents, and the facts and circumstances of the case.

Nevada Child Support law changed significantly in February 2020. Accordingly, even if you are familiar about how Child Support works, calculating Child Support has become a much more complex task. First and foremost, all of the percentages have changed. Furthermore, the statutory cap on Child Support that used to exist has been eliminated.

What You Can Expect to Pay for Child Support in Nevada

As a general rule, a non-custodial parent can expect to pay the following amounts of their Gross Monthly Income. However, notwithstanding this general rule, there are modifications available in the amount of Child Support a Party may be entitled to receive or required to pay. Factors such as which party provides health insurance, day care, the support of other children, the costs of visitation, and the income of the other party may drastically alter the Court’s decisions regarding child support.

Number of ChildrenIncome up to $6,000/monthIncome from $6,000 - $10,000/monthIncome over $10,000/month
Number of Children1Income up to $6,000/month16%Income from $6,000 - $10,000/month8%Income over $10,000/month4%
Number of Children2Income up to $6,000/month22%Income from $6,000 - $10,000/month11%Income over $10,000/month6%
Number of Children3Income up to $6,000/month26%Income from $6,000 - $10,000/month13%Income over $10,000/month6%
Number of Children4Income up to $6,000/month28%Income from $6,000 - $10,000/month14%Income over $10,000/month7%
Number of ChildrenMore than 4Income up to $6,000/monthAn additional 2% for each childIncome from $6,000 - $10,000/monthAn additional 1% for each childIncome over $10,000/monthAn additional .5% for each child

We Understand the Nuances of Nevada Child Custody Law

For Parties with Joint Physical Custody, Child Support works the same as it does for those with Primary Physical Custody with one major difference. In a Joint Physical Custody scenario, the Court will examine the Gross Monthly Incomes of both parents. Essentially, the Court will calculate a Child Support amount for both parents and then subtract the smaller of those two amounts from the larger of those two amounts. The parent who makes more money will typically be ordered to pay the difference between those two amounts to the other parent for Child Support.

At Smith Legal Group, we understand the ins and outs of Nevada Child Custody law and how it interacts with Nevada Child Support law. We understand the nuances that the Court looks at in determining Child Support and how to use those nuances to maximize the benefits available to our clients in a case involving Child Support. Call Smith Legal Group today for a free consultation. Let us assist you in obtaining the best possible Child Support Order for your particular situation.

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