The Nevada Supreme Court addressed the district court’s authority to enforce or modify a child support order that a Nevada district court initially entered, when neither the parties nor the children reside in Nevada.
The Nevada Supreme Court concluded that, under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, because no other jurisdiction had entered an order concerning child support, the Nevada order controls and the district court retains subject matter jurisdiction to enforce the Nevada order, but since the parties and children did not reside in Nevada and the parties had not consented to the district court’s exercise of jurisdiction, the district court lacked subject matter jurisdiction to modify the support order.
On this latter point, the Nevada Supreme Court took the opportunity to explain the distinction between a family court order that modifies a prior order and one that merely clarifies the prior order. Because the Nevada Supreme Court concluded that the district court in the present case impermissibly modified the child support obligation set forth in the divorce decree, it reversed the district court’s order and remanded the matter to the district court for further proceedings.
Our laws in Nevada are based on the ancient English concepts of stare decisis and common law, which means once the Nevada Supreme Court has decided what the law is for child support, it remains the child support law until the Nevada Supreme Court changes it or the Nevada legislature changes the child support law.
As you can tell from reading this blog, child support can be a difficult concept even for the courts and legislature. Child support issues touch most people’s lives at some point. You may be going through the child support process and require a child support lawyer, you may have a family member going to the child support courts who requires a child support attorney, or you may have a friend involved in a child support dispute who could benefit from the counsel of an experienced child support attorney.
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