How is Child Support Calculated in Nevada? Child Support Calculator
Calculating child support in Nevada can be a complex task. There are general rules that apply to the obligation depending on your income and number of children. However, your exact custody arrangements, maximum payment caps, and other complicating factors must also be analyzed.
Nevada Child Support Calculator
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.
To download a chart containing the presumptive maximums for child support in Nevada from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, please click here.
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 Finally, this calculator may be based on older or outdated state guidelines or calculations and may not take into consideration state or federal tax implications on income.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.
When Child Support is Owed
When parents have a child but do not live together, either because of divorce or separation, each parent has an obligation to support that child. In most cases one parent provides a disproportionate amount of day-to-day care. His or her share of supporting the child is paid primarily by providing the child with food, shelter and transportation. To balance the obligation, the noncustodial parent must contribute his or her share of support for the child in the form of financial support.
Conversely, when parents share physical custody of a child, (i.e., the child lives with one parent part of the time and the other parent the remaining portion of the time), both parents are contributing to supporting the child by providing food, shelter and transport when the child is in their custody.
Regardless of the exact custody scenario, however, when the final calculations are all completed, one parent usually owes the other child support. Here’s how child support calculations work.
Child Support Calculations Generally
If you are a noncustodial parent, or a parent that shares physical custody of your child, the first step to calculating your child support obligation is to figure out your monthly gross income. This is determined by taking your annual salary and dividing it by 12 months. You could also take your hourly wage and multiply it by the normal number of hours you work per week to get your weekly wage. You would then multiply your weekly wage by 52 weeks and divide by 12 months to get you monthly gross income.
Examples: Once you have your monthly gross income calculated, that amount must be multiplied by a “percentage factor” corresponding to how many children you have to support.
- Kyle has an annual salary is $80,000. Dividing that by 12 months gives a monthly gross income of $6666.66 per month.
- Tiffany has an hourly wage is $15.00/hour and she normally works 40 hours a week. That’s $600.00 per week multiplied by 52 weeks, which is $31,200/year. Dividing that by 12 months reveals a monthly gross income of $2600.
- If you have one child to support, the percentage factor is 18%
- If you have two children to support, the percentage factor is 25%
- If you have three children to support, the percentage factor is 29%
- Each additional child equates to an additional 2%
- Kyle has 3 children, which is a 29% factor, and a monthly gross income of $6666.66 per month. His child support obligation is $6666.66 x 0.29 = $1933.33 per month.
- Tiffany has 1 child and a monthly gross income of $2600. Her monthly child support obligation is calculated at $2600 x 0.18 = $468 per month.
Monthly Maximum Caps
The amount of child support you pay is subject to a monthly maximum cap. This means that there are certain ceilings that limit how much child support a person pays per child each month based on their gross monthly income. Maximum monthly caps are updated every year and the below table is approved for use in child support calculations until June 30, 2016.
- Kyle has 3 children, which is a 29% factor, and a monthly gross income of $6666.66 per month. His child support obligation is $6666.66 x 0.29 = $1933.33 per month. Kyle’s calculated child support obligation is less than his maximum monthly cap per child, which would be $806/per child per month, making his cap $2418 per month.
- If Kyle had a higher salary, say $120,000/yr, his gross monthly income would be $10,000. With 3 children, his child support obligation would be $2900/month, but because his maximum cap is $871 per child per month, his child support obligation is capped out at $2613/month.
- Tiffany has 1 child and a monthly gross income of $2600. Her monthly child support obligation is calculated by $2600 x 0.18 = $468 per month. No cap applies to Tiffany, since her child support obligation is less than the max of $670.
When parents share custody, the lower of the two parents’ child support obligation is subtracted from the higher child support obligation. The difference is paid to the parent with the lower child support obligation.
Special Considerations That Can Contribute To Child Support Calculations
There are a number of additional considerations that could increase or decrease the general amount of child support owed. For instance:
- Other biological children from a different marriage/relationship. Having biological children in a different marriage or relationship could warrant a reduction in your child support obligation. Lowering an individual’s child support obligation because that person has other biological children is up to the discretion of the court.
- Providing for the special needs of a child. If the child has special needs, such as medical or educational expenses, those can be deducted from child support obligations.
- Paying for the child’s health insurance. If you are the parent that provides health insurance for the child, you can get a credit applied towards your child support obligation for one half the premium that it costs to cover the child.
- Other deviating factors. When a parent carries the burden of additional costs for the child, he or she may be eligible for a reduction in the amount of child support they pay. Some other deviating factors include:
- Cost of child care
- The age of the child
- Whether the parent has a legal responsibility to provide financial support to others.
- Whether public assistance is paid to support the child.
- Expenses related to the mother’s pregnancy.
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