How is child support determined?
Child support is calculated in accordance to the guidelines established by the Nevada child support law under NAC 425 using the Non-Custodial Parent’s Gross Monthly Income (GMI). For specific information regarding NV Child Support Guidelines and to view the Child Support Calculator visit: https://dwss.nv.gov/Support/cs_guidelines/
Are there any factors that will affect the child support obligation?
- If parties have joint physical custody, the Custodial Parent’s Gross Monthly Income (GMI) will be considered in calculating the child support obligation.
- The court must consider the reasonable costs of child care and/or children’s health insurance paid by either party. In order to receive credit for these costs, proof of payments must be submitted to our office.
How does our office establish a child support order?
- To begin the process, we must have documents to prove or establish legal parentage and a valid address for the Non-Custodial parent.
- The court order may be established through one of the following processes:
- Stipulation or Out-of-Court agreement
- Court Hearing – at the request of either party
- Default – when Non-Custodial Parent does not respond to the Notice
What if the non-custodial parent lives outside Nevada?
- Our court may only establish an order if Nevada has personal jurisdiction over the Non-Custodial Parent. The bases for jurisdiction are listed under NRS 201.
- Otherwise, our office will send the request to the state which has jurisdiction to establish an order.
Why is it important to communicate and get involved in the process of establishing an order?
Most recent and accurate information will result in a reasonable court order that will meet the basic needs of the child and/or the Non-Custodial Parent’s ability to pay.
Does the father have the right to see or visit the child?
- In general, child support and visitation are two separate issues. Visitation is not dependent upon child support.
- Visitation can be a mutual arrangement between the parents or established by a District Court order. The father has the right to seek court ordered custody and visitation.