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Nevada Divorce Laws Continued

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NEVADA CHILD SUPPORT LAW:

Nevada uses the "Income Shares" method to determine child support, meaning that the level of support is based on a percentage of the non-custodial parent's gross income. “Gross monthly income” means the total amount of income received each month from any source of a person who is not self-employed or the gross income from any source of a self-employed person, after deduction of all legitimate business expenses, but without deduction for personal income taxes, contributions for retirement benefits, contributions to a pension or for any other personal expenses.

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The court shall consider the following factors when adjusting the amount of support of a child upon specific findings of fact:

  • The cost of health insurance.
  • The cost of child care.
  • Any special educational needs of the child.
  • The age of the child.
  • The legal responsibility of the parents for the support of others.
  • The value of services contributed by either parent.
  • Any public assistance paid to support the child.
  • Any expenses reasonably related to the mother’s pregnancy and confinement.
  • The cost of transportation of the child to and from visitation if the custodial parent moved with the child from the jurisdiction of the court which ordered the support and the non-custodial parent remained.
  • The amount of time the child spends with each parent.
  • Any other necessary expenses for the benefit of the child.
  • The relative income of both parents.

The minimum amount of support that may be awarded by a court in any case is $100 per month per child, unless the court makes a written finding that the obligor is unable to pay the minimum amount. Willful underemployment or unemployment is not a sufficient cause to deviate from the awarding of at least the minimum amount. [Based on Nevada Revised Statutes 125B.070 and 125B.080]

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