In the state of Nevada, any time children are involved in a divorce or custody action, child support will come into play. At times, child support will not be ordered if the parties share joint physical custody and similar incomes. However, if parents share joint physical custody and there is a difference in gross income, child support may be ordered and paid by the parent with the greater income.
Child Support Costs
If one parent has primary custody, the paying parent will pay child support based upon his/her “gross income.” Nevada statutes set forth percentages that apply to base child support calculations. These percentages are as follows: one child, 18%; two children, 25%; three children, 29%; four children, 31%; for each additional child, add 2%.
That said, Nevada has presumptive maximum “caps” per child depending on the paying parent’s monthly income. Currently, these cap amounts are as set forth as follows:
PRESUMPTIVE MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF CHILD SUPPORT
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2015
|Income Range||The PMA the Parent May Be Required to Pay per Month per Child|
|$0 – $4,235||$681|
|$4,235 – $6,351||$748|
|$6,351 – $8,467||$819|
|$8,467 – $10,585||$885|
|$10,585 – $12,701||$954|
|$12,701 – $14,816||$1,021|
|$14,816 or more||$1,091|
If the parties share joint physical custody, the court will set child support (using the example of one child), taking 18% of the higher wage earning parent minus 18% of the other parent’s income. The higher wage earning parent would then pay the difference.
For example, if one parent’s gross income was $2,000 per month and the other parent’s was $1,000; the calculation would be 18% of $2,000 or $360, minus 18% of $1,000, or $180. The child support obligation would be $180.
Raise or Reduce Child Support
The court retains discretion to raise or reduce child support based on a variety of factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, the cost of child care, health insurance, special educational needs, the legal responsibility of the parent for the support of others and the cost of transportation.
If you have a case that involves child support, let divorce attorney Bruce Anderson, with 27 years of experience in dealing with these matters, assist you in ensuring that your child support issues are fairly dealt with.