If you feel like you are paying too much or not receiving enough money
in child support, you may have options.
Child support in Las Vegas, NV is typically calculated using the formula found in
NRS 125B.070, but the Las Vegas Family Court can deviate from this formula for reasons
such as high health insurance costs, an abnormally large income, special
educational needs, transportation expenses, and several other reasons
Once child support is calculated and the Las Vegas Family Court issues
a child support order, that order is legally binding and effective against
the person obligated to pay child support. Failure to pay a child support
obligation may result in the person obligated under the order to be held
in contempt of court. However, there are certain circumstances that will
allow the Court to review a child support order and modify it accordingly.
Similar to modifications of child custody, child support modifications
require a showing of changed circumstances. The Las Vegas Family Court
cannot modify a child support order if the parties' circumstances
remain substantially unchanged.
There are 3 specific situations that warrant a child support obligation
modification, all of which are grounded in a change in the parties'
factual circumstances. First, the Las Vegas Family Court may review a
support order every three years if requested by a parent or guardian.
Second, the Las Vegas Family Court may review a support order upon a showing
of changed circumstances. However, because the legislature uses the term
"may" in the statute the Las Vegas Family Court can exercise
it's discretion and is not required to review a support order upon
changed circumstances. Third, a Court is required to review a support
order upon a change of 20 percent or more of the obligor's gross monthly income.
Because the Nevada Revised Statutes allow Family Court Judges to exercise
wide discretion in modifying and ordering child support, it is vital that
someone seeking child support or a child support modification hire an
experienced Las Vegas Divorce Attorney. If you or a loved one are seeking
a Child Support Modification,
contact Leavitt Law Firm today for a free consultation.