Nevada Child Support Law Changes Effective February 2020
For any separated or divorced parents living in Nevada, it’s important to be aware of the new changes affecting child support laws that are effective as of February 1st, 2020.
These new law changes are changing the way in which child support payments are now calculated going forward. The purpose of the new law is to give people who are earning less than $6000 a month or up to $6000 a month, gross income, a reduction in the amount of money that they need to pay for child support per child. The old calculations, for example, required that 18% of the gross monthly income for one child was the necessary payment. Now, this new law is reducing that to 16% of the gross monthly income. So, that is a small break for people who are making $6,000 or less a month.
In addition to the reduction of the calculation, now child support will also be calculated on a tiered system. This system will still be computed based on the party’s monthly gross income and also based on the number of children, but now we will have three difficult tiers when we are calculating child support:
The first tier will have a calculation percentage based on a gross income of $6,000 or lower per month, like I stated before.
The second tier will calculate a percentage from a gross income of $6001 up to $10,000 a month.
The third tier will calculate a percentage from all gross incomes above $10,000 per month.
An important thing to note is that despite this new law change, child support modifications will still require either a change in custody or a 20% change in income. You cannot go to the court and ask for your child support to be changed solely on the basis of the new law. We have already been told that judges are not going to consider any motions that are before them for changes in child support solely based on the fact that the laws have changed. Going forward however, if you do meet the standards of needing a legitimate child support modification, be aware that as of February 1, 2020, the new calculations will be based on the tiered systems as described above.
If you have any questions regarding child support or any other Family Law topic, do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss your particular situation at length. Our team can help explain the new child support laws in detail and how they apply to you. Contact our office at (702) 998-1188, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by scheduling a consultation online.
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