Nevada Child Support Laws

Nevada child support laws will utilize a number of methods in order to enforce a court order for child support payments.

Nevada Child Support and Enforcement Orders
Administrative actions include: income withholding, driver’s license suspension, and IRS tax refund interception. When these actions are unsuccessful, the child support caseworker may make a recommendation for other appropriate enforcement actions such as:

1.Credit Bureau Reporting
2.Attachments or liens on personal property
3.Assignment of case to a private collection agency
4.Suspension of other licenses or permits
5.Criminal enforcement

Income Withholding
All new and modified court orders for child support will include a provision for income withholding, whereby child support payments will be automatically deducted from the non-custodial parent’s paycheck, just as federal and state taxes are deducted. Nevada child support enforcement law, NRS 31A provides the authority for implementing income withholding within the state.

Income that is subject to withholding includes employee paychecks, unemployment insurance benefits, Veterans and Social Security benefits, Workers’ Compensation benefits, and Military Support.

License Suspension
Nevada state law requires that driver’s licenses be suspended for all non-custodial parents who are overdue in their child support payments. In addition, the staff at the child support agency can request that a delinquent parent’s recreational or occupational licenses be suspended or revoked.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Intercept
Once a year each state provides the federal government with the case information for individuals who meet the requirements for a federal tax refund offset. This involves intercepting a non-custodial parent’s federal tax refund and using the funds to pay off arrears in child support payments. The IRS may charge a nominal fee (usually around $25) to implement this service.

Disbursing Nevada Child Support Payments
You can choose between two methods for receiving child support payments. You can have your child support payments deposited directly into your personal bank account or you can have them transferred into a Nevada Debit Card account. The Nevada child support laws will no longer issue checks for child support payments unless you request and qualify for an exemption to this rule.

With direct deposit, the child support program will send your payment electronically into your bank account. As soon as the money is deposited, you will be able to withdraw the money, keep it in your account, or pay bills. With direct deposit your money is available sooner than if you wait for a paper check to come in the mail or clear at the bank. If you choose to use the direct deposit method, you will need to fill out a Direct Deposit Information and Authorization Agreement.

Nevada Child Support Laws Contact Information

Nevada Child Support Laws
Customer Service Voice Response Unit
Toll Free:  (800) 992-0900
North:  (775) 684-7200
South:  (702) 486-1646

Elko Child Support Enforcement
850 Elm Street
Elko, NV  89801-3398
775-753-1228 (fax)

Las Vegas Child Support Enforcement
3120 E. Desert Inn Road
Las Vegas, NV  89121
702-486-8511 (fax)

Reno Child Support Enforcement
300 E. Second St., Ste 1310
Reno, NV  89501
775-448-5199 (fax)

Another option for receiving child support payments involves the Nevada Debit Card. This card is a Visa debit card that allows child support payments to be transferred electronically into your card account. This money can then be accessed with your card at any Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or used to make purchases wherever Visa debit cards are accepted.

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