Child Support

Going through a divorce can be extremely difficult, both for spouses and their children. At the Law Offices of Marta L. Presti, Attorney at Law, I understand the impact divorce has on families. I am committed to providing highly skilled representation and legal counsel to help secure my clients’ best interests during this difficult time.

While the child support laws in Nevada are meant to simplify the process, the potential certainly exists for complications. To protect your financial interests and make sure your children have the support they need, it is imperative to have an experienced Reno child support lawyer guiding you through the legal process.

Explaining How Nevada’s Child Support Calculator Works

In Nevada, there is a set formula for child support calculation. So, why do you need a lawyer? You need a lawyer, because the process becomes much more complicated when there is a joint or shared custody agreement in place or when other factors my apply.

In the past, child support calculations were dependant on who was awarded primary custody or, in some cases, joint custody. This focus has been modified by the Nevada Supreme Court case Rivero v. Rivero. The court determined that the amount of actual time spent with a child may be a more important indicator of child support payments than the label listed in the divorce agreement.

In addition, other deviations from the standard formula can be made for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Relationship factors
  • Health insurance and medical expenses, particularly those for children with chronic illnesses or developmental delays
  • Household incomes
  • Educational needs
  • Day-to-day needs of the child, including day care, clothing and school supplies