The first step to receiving child support in Nevada is to have a completed and filed divorce order with the state. Until that is completed, it will be difficult to petition for child support. As part of the divorce settlement custody issues as well as financial affidavits must be filled out. This will help in determining the amounts that will be given and received by various parties.
Filing the Child Support Order in Nevada
If you have secured a divorce and are ready to petition for child support, the next step is to contact the local child support office. A private attorney can also file for you. The contact information is:
In State: (800) 992-0900
Northern Nevada: (775) 684-7200
Southern Nevada: (702) 486-1646
You can access the Child Support Application online: https://dwss.nv.gov/ You can either fill it out online and email it in with any documentation required, or you can locate and hand deliver the application. There is an annual fee associated with this program. It is 25$ for those who have received more than $500.00 and are not on TANF.
How Much Can I Except to Pay or Receive?
In the state of Nevada the non-custodial parent (child does not live with them) is the person responsible for making regular payments into the system for disbursement. The amount is based on the gross income of both parents (pre tax), number of children, and the cost of child care, special educational needs, and if the child is special needs.
To get a quick ballpark idea of what you might be paying (or can expect to receive), there is a calculator that you can use: http://www.alllaw.com/calculators/childsupport/nevada/
This calculator cannot take into account all of the unique factors in your situation so it is just an estimate.
A ground-breaking court decision in 2009 ruled that in order for a parent to be ruled the primary caregiver that they must have the children at least 60% of the time, and for the NC (noncustodial) parent to be considered in a joint custody situation, they must have the child at least 40% of the time. The following is a chart provided on the governmental website:
For 1-2 children the rule of thumb is 18-25% of both parents’ income
For 3 or more the percentage can be as high as 31%.
Unlike other states, the state of Nevada has a cap on how much will be paid per year in child support. If you make less than $10,000 dollars a month then the most you might be asked to pay is 819.00 a month. If you make more than 10,000$ a month, then it is capped at approximately $1,000 dollars a month.