Basics of Child Support Calculations

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Child support is a crucial aspect of divorce or separation cases involving children. It is a legal obligation that a non-custodial parent pays to the custodial parent for the financial support of their children. However, calculating child support can be a complicated process, and it is essential to understand the basics of child support calculations in Nevada. Keep reading for some important things you need to know about child support, courtesy of our family law professionals.

1. Income of Both Parents

The income of both parents is a critical factor in calculating child support. In Nevada, the court considers various sources of income, including wages, salaries, bonuses, commissions, self-employment income, and rental income. The court also considers the income of the custodial parent, but it is usually lower than the non-custodial parent.

2. Number of Children

The number of children also plays a significant role in determining child support. Generally, the more children there are, the higher the child support obligation. Nevada has a formula that takes into account the number of children and the income of both parents to calculate child support.

3. Custody Arrangements

The custody arrangements also affect child support calculations. If one parent has primary physical custody, the other parent will usually pay child support. However, if both parents share physical custody, the court will consider the income of both parents and the number of children to determine the child support obligation.

4. Other Expenses

Child support also includes other expenses, such as medical expenses, childcare expenses, and educational expenses. The court may order the non-custodial parent to pay a portion of these expenses in addition to regular child support payments.

5. Modification of Child Support

Child support orders can be modified if there is a significant change in circumstances, such as a change in income or custody arrangements. It is important to consult with an experienced family law attorney if you need to modify your child support order.

Understanding the basics of child support calculations in Nevada is crucial for both custodial and non-custodial parents. If you need help with child support calculations, contact Ford & Friedman, a leading family law firm in Henderson, NV. Our experienced attorneys can guide you through the process and ensure that your child support order is fair and reasonable. Contact us today for the legal support you need. 

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