Statistics indicate that approximately 25 percent of children are raised without a father in the home, and approximately 40 percent of children are born outside of marriage. A Nevada resident seeking child support should be aware of certain steps needed to initiate the process. Further, there are some actions that could protect one or both parents in terms of maintaining records of child support activity.
In cases of an unmarried mother seeking child support, it is necessary to first establish paternity. In some cases, this can be handled easily. However, there could be a need for assistance if a father is unwilling to acknowledge paternity voluntarily. This matter should be addressed as quickly as possible to ensure that a child's rights are preserved. While child support may be the mother's primary interest, a child could also be entitled to benefits under a parent's Social Security record in cases of that parent's death.
Child support obligations do not apply solely to fathers as mothers also have an obligation to provide support. Both parties are responsible for their children's financial needs until the child reaches the age of 18. In many cases, standard formulas are used to arrive at the amount of support owed, but deviation is possible if either parent has a high income. Parents should have support payments handled through local enforcement offices to ensure that a record of payments is maintained and that enforcement can be handled efficiently in cases of nonpayment.
A parent could face situations in which a support payment cannot be made because of financial hardship. The legal ramifications of not paying are significant, which makes it important to seek a modification in a timely manner if financial circumstances change. A family law attorney might be able to help a parent who needs to make a child support modification.