If you are in the process of a divorce with children, it can be messy and overwhelming. One of the many questions that may be looming is one of child support. The state of Nevada, similar to other states, has general guidelines for deciding child support written into the law. However, sometimes the courts may choose to digress from these specifications due to different factors that may be true in the individual case.
General child support guidelines
Nevada’s legal guidelines surrounding child support are meant to help the family court judge determine what a fair amount for child support may be. Although most states calculate child support based on a percentage taken from both parents’ salaries added together, Nevada looks only at the gross income of the obliger. The obliger, in this case, is the parent who does not have sole custody. When the parents’ share custody, then the law in Nevada will consider both parents’ income when calculating the support. It is also important to note that Nevada sets a child support maximum amount, as some families have many children, and the court does not want to bankrupt the obliging parent.
Deviating from the guidelines
There are definitely exceptions to the Nevada legal guidelines in terms of child support. When using the guidelines, the courts generally will assign an average amount per child. However, there are certain factors when this may not be the case. One of these factors to consider is if the child suffers from a disability. If this is the case, the court will take the cost of that into consideration. Another factor the courts will consider is day care. The obliging parent is often asked to help with this as well.
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The court process in Nevada as it pertains to child support is complicated and can be very confusing. It’s important to have an attorney with the background and experience, who understands the ins and outs of Nevada family law. That’s why we want to help you. Please contact us today so that we can help you navigate the complexities of child support.