Answers to Your Child Support Questions
Child support is one of the most emotionally and financially difficult parts of a divorce for both spouses. If it was determined in your divorce decree that you are now required to pay child support, or you are expecting to receive child support, you may have questions. The court always makes their determination regarding both child support and child custody matters to reflect what they believe will be in the “best interest of the child.” The court looks at how much time is spent by the child with each parent to make a determination regarding the calculation of child support. The following are some of the most common questions and answers that you may have with respect to child support.
Child Support Is Always Mandatory
In the state of Nevada, if child support is mandated by the court, it is not optional. Child support payments are required by law, and failure to pay can be met with harsh penalties. While you may feel that child support is a financial burden, it is a way that the courts can ensure that both parents take financial responsibility for their child.
Modification of Child Support Orders
While child support orders can be modified in the state of Nevada, they are typically not allowed to be modified immediately after the divorce. After the divorce, if there are any substantial changes to the child’s living conditions, the child’s environment, the financial status of either parent or any other significant life change, a child support order can be modified.
Calculation of Child Support
The state of Nevada has a specific formula by which child support is calculated. Most divorces result in the joint custody of the children, and if you are curious regarding your child support calculation will be, you can complete the Nevada Joint Physical Child Support Calculation Worksheet. Judges can make deviations from this amount in certain circumstances.
Child Support Is For the Child Not the Parent
While some spouses get frustrated at having to pay their former spouse, the money is officially to financially support their child. Both parents should take financial responsibility regarding their child, and the court strictly enforces child support orders in order to ensure the “best interest of the child.”
Child Support is not Discharged in Bankruptcy
If a parent is required to pay child support and declares bankruptcy, the law is clear. Child support payments will never be dischargeable in any type of personal bankruptcy.
Child Support Does Not Last Forever
Child support is agreed upon in the divorce and typically lasts until the child reaches 18 years of age. Some spouses agree to share the financial burden of college or other educational expenses past 18 years old.
Contact an Experienced Divorce Attorney
If you are considering a divorce, and are concerned about child support, contacting an experienced attorney can help you understand your legal rights and obligations. Contact the experienced Las Vegas child support attorneys at Ghandi Deeter Blackham Law Offices. We can answer your child support questions. Visit with one of our attorneys at 410-535-5500 today for your free consultation.