When divorcing spouses share children, working out child support is usually a part of the divorce process. Here’s a look at how child support obligations are generally determined in Colorado.
Factors Used to Determine Child Support in CO
In Colorado, several factors are considered by the courts when establishing child support payments. Some of these include:
- How many children are involved in the case
- The gross income of both parents, including wages and commissions, pensions, workers’ compensation benefits, unemployment benefits, disability benefits, royalties, etc.
- The custody split (i.e., how much time each parent has custody of the child or children)
- The costs of various needs for the child, including (but not exclusive to) daycare costs, tuition fees, health insurance expenses, etc.
These factors are generally entered into a complex equation (known as the “income shares” model) that is used to come up with a specific amount that the obligor (the one who pays the child support) is ordered to pay the oblige (the one who accepts child support payments).
Here, it’s important to point out that, if divorcing parents can agree on child support payments, they can submit their proposed payment agreement to the court for review. Colorado family courts will typically uphold child support arrangements divorcing parents have worked out themselves.
Colorado Child Support: More Essential Information
- Temporary child support – During a divorce or child support case, the court may award temporary support payments to one party as both parents work out longer-term payment obligations.
- Modifying child support payments – Although child support orders are legally binding, they can be changed (or modified) in the future when the circumstances of either parent (or the custody arrangement) may change. For instance, some grounds for seeking a modification of child support orders can include:
- Job loss
- The development of a new health impairment
- Having another child and/or remarrying.
- Enforcing payments – When obligor fails to pay child support, it’s important to report any defaults to the Child Support Enforcement Unit and consult with a lawyer. Never withhold custody or try to take action outside of court, as that can backfire and complicate the situation (possibly costing far more in the long run).
- How a lawyer can help – Given how sensitive, complex and important child support cases are, having a lawyer’s representation can be the key to protecting your rights and interests and seeing the best possible outcomes – both for you and your child(ren).
Contact the Pueblo Attorneys at Gradisar, Trechter, Ripperger & Roth
If you need help establishing (or modifying) child support in Colorado, contact the Pueblo attorneys at Gradisar, Trechter, Ripperger & Roth. We are ready to provide you with honest answers and the highest quality representation for your family legal needs.
To learn more about our legal services and how we can assist you, contact us by calling (719) 556- 8844 or by emailing us using the contact form on this page.
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