Currently, child support in Nevada is largely a creature of statute. If a party has primary physical custody, the other party will be ordered to pay a fixed percentage of their gross monthly salary (before taxes) depending on the number of children supported. In a joint physical custody situation, the court will compare incomes, calculate statutory child support and offset one from the other.

There are deductions from statutory child support enumerated in NRS 125.080(9) for such things as the cost of health insurance, the cost of child care, any special educational needs of the child, etc. However, there is no formula to calculate a reduction for these “sub 9” offsets. Typically, a judge will reduce child support for $50-$100 per month for each. This blunderbuss approach seems unfair. The legislature needs to take a closer look at these offsets and add some language to the statute reflecting the importance these costs have on both obliges and obligors and calculate offsets accordingly.

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