Nevada Divorce Laws

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Nevada Divorce Laws regarding Child Support

In this state, the "Income Shares" method is observed while determining child support. As per this method, the amount of support is a percentage of the non-custodial parent's gross income. The Court ponders on the below mentioned issues to adjust the amount of support -

  • The relative income of both partners
  • Any expenditure essential for the profit of the child
  • The duration which the child is with either partner
  • Any reasonable expenditure regarding the confinement and pregnancy of the mother
  • Whether any public assistance is paid for the child support
  • The valuation of the services put in by either partner
  • The lawful responsibility of the parents regarding support of other persons
  • The child's age
  • Presence of special educational needs of the child
  • The expenses for care of the child
  • The expenses for health insurance

In any case, each child receives a minimum support amount of 100 USD per month, except when the Court finds that the parent is not able to put in the minimum amount. If one desires to escape from the payment of at least the minimum amount, then purposeful unemployment or underemployment is not a sufficient reason.

Nevada Divorce Laws regarding Child Custody

The sex of the parent is not a deciding factor in the award of child custody. To find out the best interests of the child, the Court speculates upon the following -

  • If the person requesting custody has a past of any domestic violence against the parent of the child or the child or any individual staying along with the child
  • In the past, if there have been instances of neglect or parental abuse of the child or a sibling of the child
  • The child's capacity to continue a relation with any sibling
  • The type of relation amongst the parent and the child
  • The emotional, developmental and physical needs of the child
  • The physical and mental health of the parents
  • Whether the parents are capable of cooperation to fulfill the requirements of the child
  • Whether the relation between the parents is marked by conflict and up to which degree
  • Which parent permits the child to have a continued and frequent relation with the non-custodial parent
  • If the parent or guardian of the child has nominated any person for the child
  • If the child has enough capacity and age to make an intelligent preference regarding the custody, then the desires of the child are considered

Property Distribution

This state believes in the concept of community property. When the partners cannot solve the problem of property distribution mutually, the Court separates the marital liabilities and assets equally. However, if the Court detects a compelling cause for unequal distribution it does so and sets forth in writing the causes behind this action. If the divorcing partners have any property held in joint tenancy, then this is separated by the method of distribution of community property.

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