What Happens if You Fail to Pay Child Support in Nevada?


Failing to pay child support in the state of Nevada can result in serious repercussions beyond simply settling the unpaid dues. The severity of punishments may range from revoking one’s driver’s license to, in severe cases, five years in prison.

The guide below can help you more easily decipher what action may be taken in various scenarios:

Immediate punishments put in place UNTIL the payments are made may include all or some of the following:

  • Suspension of your driver’s license
  • Suspension of professional or recreational licenses or permits
  • Suspension of your passport

If the ex-spouse has a paying job, but still fails to pay child support:

  • The court can seize earnings including their paycheck, tax refund, or other forms of income, such as, lottery winnings.

If the ex-spouse does not have a job as a source of income:

  • Child support payments can be relinquished from any government benefits they receive such as military pensions.
  • The court can put a lien on their owned property to cover the amount of unpaid child support.
  • The court can order they get a job, and seize those earnings once employed.

Knowingly failing to pay child support is considered a crime under Nevada State Law. If the ex-spouse is found guilty of failure to pay child support due to 1) excessive spending habits or 2) is unemployed by choice, Nevada State law will punish the ex-spouse by criminal standards.

If the ex-spouse is found guilty and owes less than $10,000 in child support:

  • Penalties include a maximum of 6 months in jail and $1,000 fine

If the ex-spouse is found guilty and owes more than $10,000 in child support, or if they repeatedly fail to pay:

  • Penalties include a maximum of 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

For more information, and to hear our experienced family law attorney’s discuss failure to pay child support, check out “Failure to Pay Child Support” on our Youtube channel.

All child support cases are unique. Need an experienced Family Law attorney to help navigate your specific child support case? For questions, or to set up a meeting, contact our office at (702) 998-1188 or info@ljlawlv.com.


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