Child Support Services
Child Support Calculation – $350 flat fee
Nevada child support obligations are governed by NRS 125B. Nevada uses a formula for child support calculation that factors in the income of one or both parties, the number of children, and presumptive maximum caps which are adjusted every July based on cost of living changes. The basic formula for calculating child support is laid out in NRS 125B.070.
The general obligation is 18% of a party’s gross income for one child, 25% for two children, 29% for three children, and an additional 2% for each additional child.
When parties share joint physical custody, both incomes are factored into the calculation, and the party with the higher income pays the party with the lower income.3 The statutory cap is not applied until after the difference in income is taken into consideration.4
If the court determines a parent is not meeting their earning potential, or is intentionally underearning to avoid child support, it can review the parent’s earning history and impute to the parent an income comparable to their earning potential.
Nevada child support laws also allow for deviations from the statutory percentage for certain child related expenses. These deviations are up to the Judge’s discretion.
In addition to a Tonopah Calculation, Family Law Solutions can also do a full analysis of the factors the Court uses to determine an alimony amount, and frame those factors in the best possible light.
Family Law Solutions can provide a report that shows the child support obligation of the parties, factoring in various possible variables and circumstances, including primary versus joint custody, different levels of imputed income, and deviations for the Judge to consider.
3 Wright v. Osburn, 970 P.2d 1071 (1998); Rivero v. Rivero, 216 P.3d 213 (2009).
4 Wesley v. Foster, 65 P.3d 251 (2003).