How will the amount of child support be decided?
Nevada, like most states, has a formula that it uses for determining how much a parent should pay in child support. Although there are exceptions, judges will generally award the parent who has custody the following percentage of the other parent’s gross income:
- for one child, 18 percent;
- for two children, 25 percent;
- for three children, 29 percent; and
- for more than three children, an additional 2 percent per child is added to the 29 percent amount.1
In addition to the child support amount ordered, every court order for the support of a child must include a term that says that one or both parents are required to provide medical support for the child and any details relating to that requirement.2
Upon the request of a parent or legal guardian, a child support order will normally be reviewed by the court once every three years to see if it should be modified (changed). However, it can be reviewed at any time if either parent makes the request on the basis of “changed circumstances.” One example of changed circumstances would be if the income of the parent who is paying the child support increased or decreased by 20 percent or more.3 Another example is if you are currently receiving child support, but feel that it is not enough to meet your child’s needs due to changed circumstances in the child’s life, you may be able to request that the court modify (change) the amount. To do this, you will file a motion to modify child support at your local courthouse. Please visit our NV Courthouse Locations page for the courthouse nearest you.
1 N.R.S. § 125B.070(1)(b)
2 N.R.S. § 125B.085(1)
3 N.R.S. § 125B.145(1), (4)