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Approaching child custody disagreements diplomatically

Child support payments are one of the most common areas of disagreement during divorce proceedings. In most cases, the paying spouse wants to pay as little child support as possible and the receiving spouse wants to receive as much child support as possible. The goal of the court is to determine the actual amount of child support that needs to be paid based on the parents’ incomes and personal assets.

Nevada child support guidelines offer clear-cut guidance to courts on how to establish the amount of child support a parent should be required to pay based on both parents’ incomes and based on how much time the child spends living with each parent. Individual circumstances pertaining to the child — like education costs, special needs, and the quality of life the child enjoyed during the marriage — will also come into play and could serve increase or lower the amount of child support he parent needs to pay.

Because child support guidelines offer a clear path to estimating the amount of child support a Nevada court would likely determine the paying parent owes, it is not necessary to enter court proceedings to settle a child support disagreement. Also, parents who succeed in reaching an out of court settlement can save money, time and a lot of stress by reaching an out of court settlement on child support matters. That said, it is not uncommon for one of the parents to put a challenging foot forward during these negotiations and render an out of court settlement impossible. In these cases, court involvement will be unavoidable.

At the Kainen Law Group, we take a strategic, big-picture view of all the family law matters we take on. While strongly defending our clients’ rights in all matters, we further try to resolve any matter of disagreement diplomatically. By employing a high level of diplomacy in family law cases like this, we help protect the psychological welfare of the children and other family members who might be touched by the proceedings while preserving our clients’ rights to fair treatment.

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