How is Child Support Determined?

Nevada’s child support guidelines rely on a complicated formula that takes into consideration parental gross incomes, child care expenses, medical expenses, and the specific needs of the child. Under the most recent changes to the state’s child support laws, the percentage a parent will pay will depend on the number of children being supported. For example, a parent supporting only one child will generally pay 16 percent of his or her gross monthly income for incomes of up to $6,000 per month. Monthly incomes higher than this will result in increases.

Courts generally presume that the amount calculated according to the state guidelines is correct. However, courts may adjust the payment amount based on the specific circumstances of the case. Where a child has special or extraordinary needs or where a parent’s financial circumstances justify it, the court will consider these facts in making adjustments.