A sea change in Nevada child custody (and support) law

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Figuring out what is, and is not, joint custody

Adopting the bright line test suggested by the State Bar's Family Law Section working group, a custodial time share of anywhere from 50/50 to 60/40 is now "joint custody." This replaces the far more cumbersome (and uncertain) analysis in the original Opinion.


Figuring child support if there is joint custody

The Court eliminated the complicated (and equally uncertain) child support calculation formula in the original Opinion, instead making all such cases fall under the Wright v. Osburn, 114 Nev. 1367, 970 P.2d 1071 (1998), offset method for calculating child support. Support is figured as if each party was paying support to the other, and then the amounts are offset.


Figuring child support if there is not joint custody

If the timeshare is not 60/40 or closer, then regular guideline child support is calculated. Full information on our child support page (http://www.willicklawgroup.com/child_support).

Additional Resources

Information about the background, history, and workings of Nevada child custody and child support law can be found on our web site: http://www.willicklawgroup.com/child_support http://www.willicklawgroup.com/child_custody_visitation http://www.willicklawgroup.com/published_works

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Determining child support payments

State laws differ in how to determine child support, but usually consider factors like the child's needs (educational, medical, etc.) and both parents' incomes.

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