Child Support is dictated by the type of custody parties share: joint physical custody or one parent having primary physical custody of the minor child. Child Support is generally established through a Decree of Divorce, or Order Establishing Paternity; or through the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office. Child support is most commonly paid to the receiving parent by way of wage garnishment, collected by the State of Nevada Child Support Division. Child Support is reviewable for modification every three (3) years. However, child Support is modifiable when there has been a change in custody; or there has been a change in income of the paying parent of 20% (increase or decrease).
Some situations where child support would be eligible for modification:
- A parent’s income increases or decreases by at least 20%
- A parent experiences a job loss or change
- The noncustodial parent is legally responsible for additional children
- The child’s medical insurance coverage has changed
- Education cost increases for the child
How To Change a Child Support Order
Depending on how your child support action was established, and if a wage garnishment is currently in place, it is easy to request a modification of child support through the District Attorney’s Office. It is best to consult with a divorce attorney prior to requesting a modification of child support to ensure that your case is ready for modification.
Reno Child Support Lawyer
For assistance through the process, or if a spouse refuses to share documents, a divorce attorney can help you file your motion and support you in court. To learn more about child support modification, schedule a consultation with family attorney Erin N. Grieve.