District Attorney Family Support
The District Attorney Family Support Division is a great resource for parents who need help with child support. Parents can get help establishing, collecting, and paying child support through this office. Read on to learn about their services and how to apply.
Child Support Establishment and Collection
The District Attorney Family Support Division (“DAFS”) can assist parents in many ways. Services offered by DAFS include:
- Establishing paternity of minor children
- Locating non-custodial parents
- Establishing a child support order
- Enforcing a child support order
- Modifying an existing child support order
DAFS does not get involved in custody and visitation issues. However, parents who have a case through DAFS and who have never been married to one another may be able to participate in a free Access and Visitation Program where parents can explore resolution of access and visitation issues through mediation. To be eligible, there must be an open child support case and the parents cannot already have a custody order from Family Court. If you are interested in this program, you can complete the self-referral form in English or in Spanish and return it to the address listed on the form.
If mediation is successful, the agreement can be adopted by the court. If mediation is not successful, parents can file a separate case for custody and visitation through the District Court. Click here for more information about filing for custody and visitation.
Either parent can apply for services through DAFS. There is no fee to apply.
Child support is initially set as a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s income. There may be adjustments to the amount ordered, but as a general rule, child support is set at:
- For 1 child: 18% of the noncustodial parent’s gross monthly income
- For 2 children: 25% of the noncustodial parent’s gross monthly income
- For 3 children: 29% of the noncustodial parent’s gross monthly income
- Plus an additional 2% for each additional child
Once a child support order is established, DAFS can enforce the order through wage garnishments, IRS tax refund intercepts, and driver’s license suspensions. The State of Nevada collects and distributes child support payments.
For more information about the services DAFS provides and how to apply, please visit their site at District Attorney Family Support Division or you can reach their office by calling (702) 671-9200.
Child Support Ask-A-Lawyer Program
DAFS hosts a regular Ask-A-Lawyer session. This is a free session, held in a group setting, where a District Attorney answers questions about paternity and child support. The session is for anyone seeking, collecting, or paying child support.
The class is held the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month at 2:00 p.m. at the Child Support Center of Southern Nevada, located at 1900 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV. You may sign up for this class either in person at the Family Law Self-Help Center or by calling (702) 455-1505.