Every person is legally required to financially support their child. This rule is strict and applies even if one is not working or is incarcerated. In Nevada, child support is set based on “gross monthly income.” Gross monthly income includes pre-tax income from employment, tips, overtime, unemployment, and retirement. The judge will require proof of income and a financial disclosure form has to be filled out with the court.
If you cannot afford a lawyer for child support the District Attorney Family Support ("DAFS") Division can help with establishing and collecting child support.
A custodial parent who has primary or sole physical custody, will receive child support in the below amounts (based on the number of children the two have together) from the other parent:
1 child = 18% of income
2 children = 25% of income
3 children = 29% of income
For each additional child, add 2% of income
If the parents share joint physical custody, the court will still calculate child support for both parents based on the percentages above. The judges then apply another formula to see if one parent should still pay another child support. A parent with substatially higher income than the other may still have to pay child support.
Child support generally lasts until the child reaches 18, or 19 if the child is still enrolled in high school. Child support can be always changed later if needed based on a change in income of the paying parent. The change can only be made through modifying the child support order.
Health Insurance & Medical Expenses
Both parents have a financial responsibility to pay for the medical needs of a child. In Clark County, a judge must order one parent (or both) to provide health insurance. The parent paying the incurance will get a credit for the premiums and the cost of any insurance premiums may affect the total amount of child support paid.
Unreimbursed medical expenses (such as copays and costs not covered by insurance) are typically paid equally by both parents. Each parent must have proof of the medical costs paid. In Nevada it is common for judge may order the “30/30 Rule” or for parents to agree to it on their own to address unreimbursed medical expenses. The “30/30 Rule” means that if when parent pays a medical expense for a child that is not covered by insurance, that parent must send proof of the expense to the other parent within 30 days of paying. The other parent then has 30 days to reimburse the paying parent ½ the cost.
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