Reno Child Support Lawyers
Skilled Legal Representation for Parents in Carson City & Northern Nevada
Every child deserves the right to be financially supported by both parents whether their parents live together or not. In Nevada, child support laws have been established to ensure that children do not suffer lack of support that can negatively affect their health, education, and overall wellbeing. When parents are married or living together, the assumption is that both parents contribute to this support. However, after a separation, divorce, or where parents have never been married, this issue becomes vitally important.
If you are facing any type of issue with child support, Berkich Lucey Law Group is here to help you resolve it with knowledgeable and dedicated legal representation. Our firm serves clients in Carson City, Reno, and the surrounding areas. We understand the deep importance of this issue as it relates to children and will work meticulously to help you reach a satisfactory resolution. Whether you need to establish child support due to a divorce, through a paternity action, or need to enforce or modify existing child support payments, our legal team can provide the assistance you need.
How is Child Support Determined in Nevada?
While each parent is responsible for contributing to the financial support of a child, generally only one parent will be required to make child support payments. This is most commonly the noncustodial parent. In cases where parents have joint custody, the paying parent is generally the one who has the higher income. This is done to maintain the standard of living the child enjoyed prior to the divorce.
The state of Nevada has set up guidelines that are used to calculate child support payments.
Under these guidelines, the following factors will be used:
- The gross incomes of the parents
- How many shared children will be supported
- How much time each child spends with each parent
A percentage of a parent’s gross monthly income will be used to determine the payment. Your gross monthly income includes all the income you receive in salary, wages, or commissions, as well as government benefits such as unemployment, Social Security, and more.
- If you share one child with the other parent, your payment will be computed at 18% of your gross income.
- Two children will be computed at 25%.
- With each additional child, the percentage will increase.
Exceptions to the Standard Child Support Calculations
Courts have the latitude to deviate from established guidelines under certain circumstances. These can include:
- having a child with special needs,
- a parent having to support children from other relationships,
- Other situations that may affect the financial needs of a child
Parents are not allowed to dodge child support through voluntarily not working, purposely remaining underemployed, or hiding funds. Courts still have the authority to hold these parents responsible through court orders and other sanctions.
Enforcement & Modifications
In some instances, a parent may refuse to comply with a child support court order. In these cases, you can seek an enforcement of the order by taking certain legal actions, such as wage garnishment of the nonpaying parent. Additionally, you may need to modify your existing order when it is no longer viable; this would involve a change in your income levels or some other change in your circumstances that impacts your ability to pay. Berkich Lucey Law Group can provide the assistance you need with these issues as well. We have represented many parents in all matters relating to child support in Nevada.
You Can Rely on Our Carson City Child Support Lawyers
Our competent legal team is here to help you with any child support issues. We can do a thorough analysis of your financial scene to ensure that the amount you are required to pay or will receive is fair and accurate. To learn more about child support and how we can help, we encourage you to discuss the specifics of your case with one of our experienced attorneys.
“I worked with Ms. Berkich for my divorce, and she handled the case with the utmost professionalism.”- Chris W.
“Megan Lucey and her staff go above and beyond in all they do.”- Shannon P.
“Megan let me know when I was acting against my own self-interests, but never in a condescending way. She gave clear, concise responses when I had questions.”- Taylor M.