The Nevada child support calculator generally requires multiplying the parent’s gross monthly income by a percentage based on their number of children. When the parent’s gross monthly income (GMI) is $1,700 to $6,000, those percentages are:
- 16% for one child
- 22% for two children
- 26% for three children
- add 2% for each additional child
However, there are several other considerations that Family Court takes into account when calculating child support obligations, including child custody arrangements in Nevada and the child’s special needs.
In this article, our Las Vegas family law attorneys explain how Nevada’s child support calculator works:
Calculate what your “gross monthly income” (GMI) is. GMI is the total amount of income received each month from any source but without deduction for:
- personal income taxes,
- contributions for retirement benefits,
- contributions to a pension, or
- any other personal expenses
If you are self-employed, you may deduct all legitimate business expenses.
Note that GMI should include not just base salary but also any bonuses and tips.1
Under Nevada child support law, your only children you may be obligated to financially support are:
- under 18 years old (minor);
- currently 18 years old and still enrolled in high school;
- under a legal disability (such as having a severe mental impairment); or
- not declared emancipated in Nevada
It makes no difference if the child is by blood or is adopted in Nevada. In general, people are not required to pay child support for step-children or if their parental rights were terminated.2
“Obligation of support” is the amount of money a parent may have to pay in child support.
Courts calculate the amount of child support by taking a percentage of the parent’s GMI. This percentage is determined by the number of children the parent has to support.
The more children a parent needs to support, the higher the percentage. If your GMI is $1,700 to $6,000, use the table below to determine your percentage:
Number of children
Percentage of GMI that may go to child support
For each additional child, add 2%.
To calculate your “obligation of support”, follow this formula: Multiply your GMI by the applicable percentage number, and then divide by 100. You can check your result by using an online percentage calculator.
This number is not necessarily what the court will order you to pay. As discussed in the following sections, other factors may cause this number to fluctuate: For instance, if you share joint custody of the children, the support payments will probably be less.3
If your GMI is above $6,000, the math is more complicated. So go directly to Nevada Child Support Guidelines Calculator to determine what your child support payments will likely be.
And if your income is below $1,700, refer to this table:
Learn more at the Nevada Family Law Self Help Center’s Child Support Worksheet.
The previous sections discuss the formula for calculating child custody payments. But Nevada’s child support calculator is subject to the court factoring in other considerations, including:
- the cost of health insurance;
- the cost of child care;
- any special educational needs of the child;
- the age of the child;
- the legal responsibility of the parents for the support of others;
- the value of services contributed by either parent;
- any public assistance paid to support the child;
- any expenses reasonably related to the mother’s pregnancy and confinement;
- the cost of transportation of the child to and from visitation if the custodial parent moved with the child from the jurisdiction of the court which ordered the support and the noncustodial parent remained;
- the amount of time the child spends with each parent;
- any other necessary expenses for the benefit of the child; and
- the relative income of both parents
Of all of these, one of the most important factors is number 10: The amount of time the child spends with each parent:
If one parent has primary physical custody (which means that parent is with the child more than 60% of the time), then the non-custodial parent is the only one who pays child support.
But if both parents have joint physical custody (which means each spends at least 40% of their time with the child), the court calculates what each parent would pay under the formula. Then the court orders the parent with the higher financial obligation to pay the difference.
Note that parents can agree on child support payments that deviate from what the court would order under the standard formula. But the judge may ask the parents to justify their decision before signing off on it.4
Also note that parents can ask the court to modify the child support order whenever the paying parent’s GMI changes by more than 20%.5
Call a Nevada family law attorney…
If you are quarreling with your ex about child support payments, let us help. We will fight our hardest in an effort to get you the most favorable resolution possible in your case under Nevada law.
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- Child Support Programs – DWSS
- Child Support Enforcement – DWSS
- Child Support Services Offices in Southern Nevada
- Social Security
- Clark County Family Court (Las Vegas, NV)
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Child Support Offices – State of Nevada
- Division of Welfare
- District Attorney Family Support Division
- NRS 125B.070.
- NRS 125B.200.
- NRS 125B.070
- NRS 125B.080.
- NRS 125B.145; Ellis v. Carucci, 123 Nev. 145, 150-151, 161 P.3d 239, 244-243 (2007)(“[A] modification of primary physical custody is warranted only when (1) there has been a substantial change in circumstances affecting the welfare of the child, and (2) the child’s best interest is served by the modification. Under this revised test, the party seeking a modification of custody bears the burden of satisfying both prongs.”); Rivero v. Rivero, 125 Nev. 410, 216 P.3d 213 (2009)(“A court must review a support order, if requested by a party or legal guardian, every three years…The court may also review a support order upon a showing of changed circumstances…Because the term “may” is discretionary, the district court has discretion to review a support…order based on changed circumstances but is not required to do so…However, a change of 20 percent or more in the obligor parent’s gross monthly income requires the court to review the support order… Although these provisions indicate when the review of a support order is mandatory or discretionary, they do not require the court to modify the order upon the basis of these mandatory or discretionary reviews.”).