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September 20, 2014

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Ex-husband must pay child support to former Sen. Halseth

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Daniel Halseth

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Elizabeth Halseth

The Nevada Supreme Court Monday ruled that the ex-husband of former state Sen. Elizabeth Halseth of Las Vegas must pay $2,274 a month in support of their three minor children.

The court rejected the appeal of Daniel Halseth, who said he earns only $1,716 a month in unemployment benefits.

The court upheld the decision of District Judge Charles Hoskin who ruled Daniel Halseth "was willfully underemployed."

Elizabeth Halseth, a Republican, was elected in 2010 to the Senate and resigned in 2012.

Daniel Halseth said he was a stay-at-home parent while his wife served in the Legislature. He said he filed for divorce after he discovered she was having an extramarital affair.

Daniel Halseth maintained his company had moved to Alaska and he was unable to find a job in Las Vegas. The Supreme Court said Daniel Halseth failed to present any evidence demonstrating why he could not find employment.

He says Elizabeth Halseth filed charges of coercion, lewdness and battery against him but they were dismissed. And he argued in his brief to the Supreme Court he should not have to pay child support since his ex-wife was living with another man.

The Supreme Court also ordered Daniel Halseth to pay attorney fees.

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