Do You Need Child Support? Here’s How We Can Help.

March 15, 2022

Bringing children into legal matters can be very difficult. It shouldn’t be a battle between you and your former spouse about who is responsible financially for your children. This is a common question we get when separated parents ask about Child Support. Jaymie Mitchell is one of the most trusted divorce lawyers in Reno, NV.  As a veteran of family law in Reno, Jaymie can assist you in obtaining fair and appropriate physical and legal custody, in addition to any necessary support of your children. 

What is Child Support?

Child support is a court-ordered payment, usually made by the parent who no longer has custody of the child. 

Understanding Child Custody

In the case of child custody, the legal term for ‘custody’ is making parental decisions like school enrollment, extracurricular activities, medical needs, and other non-emergency needs for your children. The outcome of joint legal custody is typically the most common as it’s more collaborative for both parents to make these decisions.

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Physical Custody

A common form of custody is physical custody where children spend most of the time. It can be joint or primary custody with just one parent. This matters because a family’s home could be either safe or unsafe for the child.

Joint Physical Custody

With joint physical custody, the parents share an equal time with the children, but with primary custody, only one parent has the children with them more than sixty percent of the time.  Overall, Nevada’s public policy ensures that both parents are active parts in their children’s lives and custody is determined for the child’s best interest. At such a critical time in your life, you need representation that matters most. Learn more here about what our divorce lawyers in Reno, NV, can do for you. 

The Law in Nevada

The state’s child support laws are now covered under the Nevada Administrative Code Chapter 425. In the state, both parents cover the costs of raising a child, from healthcare, education expenses. and support payments. As each parent contributes to the child’s well being, one parent (typically the noncustodial parent) actually makes child support payments. This setup is not meant to financially punish the higher earning parent but instead is for the benefit of the child and their standard of living after a separation. 

How Much Should I Have to Pay in Child Support?

The amount of a child support payment depends on the number of children, the gross monthly income of each parent and the custody arrangement. Courts also can adjust the amount of support depending on how fair it is for each party. Remember that child support is not set in stone, so both parents can argue in favor of any adjustments and why they might be necessary. 

When is the Best Time to Speak With a Family Law Attorney in Reno? 

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If the other parent already has an attorney, the case for child support/child custody can become complicated. Also, if there’s a need to modify your child support, you may need to speak with an attorney as well.

Jaymie Mitchell Law can even represent you at the District Attorney level. During this challenging time in your life, you deserve to have someone representing you and advocating for your best interests. 

A consultation with Jaymie Mitchell will help begin the legal process. With the information you are given from our Reno family law firm, you will have an understanding of where your case is procedurally and understand what the legal process is specific to your case. 

Look to Jaymie for effective legal mitigation concerning all matters of family. Schedule a consultation with our Reno divorce lawyers today.

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