When a noncustodial parent is ordered by a Nevada court to pay child support to a custodial parent, they may believe that they should only be assisting with covering the child's basic needs, such as food, clothing and shelter. However, there are more costs associated with raising a child than basic necessities. Noncustodial parents are expected to help with these expenses as well.
In addition to the basics, child support payments may be used to help a custodial parent provide proper medical care to the child and pay for any medical expenses that are not covered by insurance. Child support payments may go toward covering the cost of copays and any deductibles that the custodial parent may be responsible for. Additionally, child support can be used to cover a wide range of school costs, including tuition fees, textbooks and lunch money.