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Child Support

Child support payments are designed to provide for the needs of your child or children. Whether you are seeking to collect child support, or are attempting to defend yourself from having to excessively pay such support, Surratt Law will work with you and provide you with the advice you need to ensure that your children are receiving the appropriate amount of financial support.
How is child support calculated in the state of Nevada?
When it comes to child support payments, it is important that a fair and appropriate amount is calculated for both parties. In Nevada there is a formula for calculating how much child support you are obligated to pay. The primary factors that are considered in the formula for calculating child support include child custody designations and the gross monthly income (GMI) of each parent. In cases where one parent is awarded primary physical custody of the children, the other parent may be ordered to pay a percentage of one's GMI based on how many children that one shares with his or her spouse. These percentages are as follows,

  • One child: 18% of noncustodial parent's GMI,
  • Two children: 25% of noncustodial parent's GMI,
  • Three children: 29% of noncustodial parent's GMI,
  • Four children: 31% of noncustodial parent's GMI, and
  • For each additional individual child, another 2% is added on.

In a Joint Physical Custody arrangement, both parents are obligated to pay child support and they are offset against each other. There are many other considerations for child support, including a list of deviation factors that will determine if child support should be increased or decreased. An example of a deviation factor is medical insurance premiums paid by one parents that needs to be split equally.
While the child support laws in Nevada are meant to simplify the process, that doesn't mean that they are free of confusion. Complications may still arise. That is why it is so important to have a well qualified northern Nevada child support attorney to guide you through the laws and statutes concerning child support. The attorneys at Surratt Law Practice are well versed in these laws and are committed to working with you to determine the appropriate amount of child support that your children should receive. Bring your case to a Surratt Law child support attorney today at (775) 636 – 8200 so that we can work with you to decide the best course of action for your children.