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How is child support determined when parties have joint custody of the children?

First, joint custody does not mean an exact 50-50 split of the time with the children. Under Nevada law, if a party has the child or children at least 40% of the time, that parent is deemed to have joint physical custody.

When there is joint physical custody, Nevada Revised Statute 125 B is applied (See post: How Child Support Is Determined). The child support of each parent is calculated and the lower number of child support is subtracted from the higher. The parent who makes the most money pays the difference.

Let’s say for example that Mom earns $4000 a month and Dad earns $2500 a month and there is one child. Each parent’s income would be multiplied by 18% . Eighteen percent of $4000 is $720 and 18% of $2500 is $450. Subtracting Dad’s obligation of $450 from Mom’s obligation of $720 results in a difference of $270.00.

Under this example, that would mean Mom (who earns more) would pay Dad (who earns less) the difference. Thus, once the gross monthly income of each party is known, and the number of children to be supported is known, the formula is applied as described above. Either parent can still request a deviation from the statutory formula if the facts of the case warrant.

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