How is Child Support Calculated in a Divorce?

While spousal support is not guaranteed in a divorce, if you have children, child support must be awarded to the custodial parent to ensure both parties are caring for their children. The amount awarded may vary depending on a variety of factors, such as the paying parent’s income, and will typically terminate whenever the child reaches the age of majority. Continue reading to learn more about how child support is determined in a divorce.

Determining Child Support

In Nevada, child support is largely based on the income of the paying parent and the number of children involved.

Additionally, family courts may review some of the following factors to adjust the child support amount:

  • The age of the children
  • Child care costs
  • Health insurance costs
  • If any of the children have special educational needs
  • If either parent has a legal responsibility to support others
  • Public assistance paid to support the children
  • Expenses that may be reasonably related to the mother’s pregnancy
  • Travel expenses related to visitation
  • Services contributed by either parent
  • Other necessary expenses for the children

Moreover, after child support is ordered in a divorce, if the needs of the children change or either parent’s financial situation substantially changes, it is possible to modify the amount. You can do this by either discussing the matter with your former spouse or by petitioning the court with your request. If you need to lower the amount, be sure to take legal action as soon as possible. You do not want to end up on the hook for an amount you are having difficulty paying.

Speak to an Experienced Family Law Attorney About Your Child Support Case Today!

If you are ending your marriage and have children, the family law team at Ford & Friedman will provide the skilled legal guidance you need to obtain the best possible results for your case. Whether you are the custodial parent or the non-custodial parent, our attorneys will fight tirelessly on your behalf to ensure your interests and the interests of your children are protected.

Reach out to our law office today at (702) 904-9898 to set up an initial case review with one of our attorneys to learn more about your legal options and what we can do for you.