Child Support - By The Numbers

Child support in Nevada requires both parents to cover the cost of education, support payments,

healthcare, clothing, etc. Although only one parent typically pays child support, when the

parents have joint custody, the parent with the highest income pays child support. Most of the

time there are three factors that determine how much child support costs, number of children,

monthly income of the two parents, and custody arrangement. For one child, it is 18% of you

gross monthly income that goes towards child support, for two children it is 25%, for three it is

29% for four it is 31%, and for each additional child it is 2%. The minimum amount a parent has

to pay is $100.


These child support percentages can be unfair to one parent or a child, so before a child

support order is in place, a parent can ask for the amount to be adjusted and a court will

consider these factors: cost of health insurance, child care, special education needs, age of

child, both parents’ responsibility to support other children, each parent's contribution, mother’s

pregnancy expenses, visitation expenses, the amount of time the child spends with each parent,

and lastly, income of both parents. After three years of a child support order being in place,

parents can ask the court to change their amount based on how much they currently make a



Two ways that a child support order can be enforced are: one, the parent that is receiving child

support can contact the Family Support Division and fill out an application through the District

Attorney. The DA then can determine how much child support is owed. Through the DA, a

parent can also establish paternity, obtain a custody order, find a non-custodial parent, and

modify an existing child support order. Second, the parent that is recovering can file a Motion for

an Order to show Cause with the Family Court.


- Laura De La Cruz