In any family law matter where children are involved, their best interests are always of the highest priority. For that reason, having a skilled and experienced attorney is critical.
When parents of minor children get divorced (or when unmarried parents separate), an order of child support is mandatory. Usually this equates to a fixed percentage of the noncustodial parent’s gross income, between certain statutory minimums and maximums. In Nevada, a child support order is not dischargeable in bankruptcy and cannot be evaded by purposefully becoming unemployed or underemployed.
Nevada’s statutory scheme, which applies in the Las Vegas valley, also allows for regular adjustments in child support payments to account for changed circumstances, including changes in income, changes in the cost of raising your children, and even mere fluctuations in the consumer price index due to inflation. Either parent has the right to seek a review of their child support order once every three years, or any time if the income of the non-custodial parent changes by more than 20%. For more information, see our blog post about child support.
Whether due to changes in income, in the cost of living, or otherwise, many child support awards are outdated and can be modified to better meet your children’s needs. Contact Pickard Parry Pfau if you have questions about your child support rights.