Colorado Child Support
After a divorce, the struggles facing a single parent are daunting. Suddenly, the financial cushion of two parents is removed and the expense of raising a child is amplified. Fortunately, Colorado laws enforce child support until the child turns 19. The only exceptions are if the child is 21 or younger and still in high school or if the child is disabled and cannot earn enough to sustain a living.
There are several challenges while obtaining child support, including:
- Court procedures
- Calculating the amount owed
- Determining distribution and payment
- Establishing the duration of support
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How is Child Support Calculated?
The state of Colorado has official “child support guidelines” that establish the monthly basics. The aim of calculating the aid is to cover expenses by applying a percentage to the income of the non-custodial parent. Colorado’s statutory formula is designed to accurately reflect the cost of raising a child. In most circumstances, the “needs” of the child are undisputed and the Court will follow the guidelines.
The specifics of child support are determined on a case-by-case basis. Likewise, since each situation varies and is subject to change, the child support order itself can be modified. Situations that lead to an adjustment or modification of child support include:
- A change of the primary guardian
- Loss of employment
- A parent continuing higher education
If one of these situations is deemed prevalent enough to change the details of the order, the amount being paid for child support will change by a minimum of at least 10 percent. Beyond the amount determined by the Court, you will not be obliged to pay external costs such as college tuition. Unless both parties agree to partial or full responsibility for college costs, they are not included in child support.
Enforcing Child Support
Once the order has been issued, full compliance is expected. To hold parents who avoid payments accountable, the United States has allowed child support agencies to use special tools to acquire the specified amount. For instance, if a parent is non-compliant, these agencies can contact the parent’s employer to withhold the amount directly from the next paycheck. This amount is then given to the Family Support Registry.
Whether you’re seeking child support or looking to modify your order, it’s important to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. After all, it’s your child’s future that will be affected. With years of experience settling family affairs in Colorado, Mike Hulen, PC is a name that you can trust. Contact our family law attorneys at (303) 932-8666.