Child Support Changes

By Kimberly M. Surratt, Esq.

The new Nevada Child Support laws will go into effect on February 1, 2020.  The New Regulations in final form are R183-18.  The Regulations refer  to a “low income schedule”.  The Low Income Obligation (2019) will be used on February 1, 2020.

The Low Income Chart may be updated in March or April for the 2020 poverty numbers from the Federal Government.  If the chart changes the regs provide that the chart must be published by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) on or before March 31 of each year.  The AOC will publish the chart in the same manner that they published the updated presumptive maximum chart under the old statutes at www.nvcourts.gov/AOC.

The regs that you can click here to download are the ones that were delivered to the Secretary of State by the Legislature.  The regs will become part of the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC).  My assumption is that they will not appear in the NAC until they are effective, February 1, 2020.  Once they are part of the NAC you can quote the specific NAC numbers in legal argument to the Court.

Pursuant to the original bill from the 2017 legislative session, AB 278, the following statutes are repealed:  NRS 125B.070, NRS 125B.085 and NRS 125B.095.  Please note, the Nevada legislative website may not show the Statutes as repealed on February 1, 2020 because it often takes time for the changes to appear but they are still in fact repealed.  Also, on February 1, 2020, the following section from AB 278(2017) become effective:  Section 1 -4, 8-13 and 14.

Kimberly Surratt served for eight years on the executive council and has been the vice chair and then chair of the State Bar of Nevada Family Law Section. In addition, she is the President-Elect of the Nevada Justice Association and the chair of the domestic lobbying committee. She has lobbied with the Nevada Justice Association since 2004.

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