Las Vegas Child Support Attorney
Raising children is very expensive. Child support is designed to cover some of the expenses related to rearing children. In Las Vegas, child support obligations are calculated based upon a formula set forth in Nevada Revised Statutes, specifically NRS 12B.070 and NRSB 125B.080. These statutes and Nevada case law establish not only who will pay child support, but also the amount to be paid. Absent special circumstances, child support continues until a child reaches the age of 18, or 19, if still in high school.
Child Support Payments
A non-custodial parent’s child support obligation is established by a formula. In Nevada, it is based upon a percentage of the obligated parent’s gross monthly income as follows: 18% for one child, 25% for two children, 29% for three children, 31% for four children and an additional 2% for each additional child after four. However, there is a presumptive maximum amount that a parent is obligated to pay based upon the obligatory (paying) parent’s income. The exact presumptive maximum amount varies slightly each year.
To download a chart containing the presumptive maximums for child support in Nevada from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, please click here.
After you have used our child support calculator, please compare the amount derived with the presumptive maximum amount a person within your income range is obligated to pay as referenced on this chart. Your child support obligation, assuming there are no factors warranting an upward or downward deviation, is the lesser of the two amounts.
Disclaimer: The use of this calculator does not constitute legal advice. This calculator is for informational and educational purposes only. The amount of child support a court will order for any particular case may be different from the amount estimated by this calculator. For the most part, these calculators assume that all of the children at issue will primarily live with one parent. They are not intended to estimate child support for joint physical custody or split custody arrangements. This calculator does not take into account any possible adjustments for children who are not subject to the custody order, but who are living with one of the parents. Finally, this calculator may be based on older or outdated state guidelines or calculations and may not take into consideration state or federal tax implications on income. These and many other factors can affect a child support order entered by a court.
In cases where parents share joint physical custody, defined as at least a 60/40-time share, the spouse with the greater income may still be required to pay some child support to the other parent.
The costs of medical insurance and medical expenses are not included in the child support calculation. They are considered to be a separate obligation, and the law presumes that they should be equally divided between the parents.
Child support can be modified every three (3) years, or at any time, if there are substantial changes in circumstances. Child support can also be awarded retroactively for up to four years.
Enforcing Clark County Child Support
If you have already been granted Child Support and are not receiving it, you can take legal action to enforce payment of child support. With the help of a child support attorney you will be able to collect back and future child support payments. Unpaid child support accumulates penalties and interest.
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