Married, cohabitating parents naturally split household expenses and the costs of childrearing, but when they divorce, they must separate their lives and their expenses. This can be understandably difficult with two sets of household expenses replacing a single set of costs, but your child’s needs must still be met, and this often results in one parent paying child support.
At Curtis Law Firm, we have over a decade of experience helping clients navigate the law. We are particularly dedicated to representing families in Colorado, and we will treat you and your family with the respect and dignity you deserve, especially when you are negotiating something as important as child support. Whether you have questions about how the court might calculate child support or how you can negotiate with the other parent, a qualified professional at Curtis Law Firm can help you and your child get the support you deserve.
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The Colorado Child Support Guidelines help determine the appropriate calculations of child support payments to be made.
The guidelines consider several factors to make these calculations, including:
- monthly gross incomes of both parents (including any spousal alimony awarded to one parent);
- parenting time (including overnights) allocated to each parent;
- standard of living children would have enjoyed if the parents had not divorced;
- child-related expenses like health insurance, medical care, education, childcare, etc.;
- physical and emotional needs of children.
In most cases, child support payments will continue until the children reach the age of 19 or graduate high school, whichever occurs later. In situations involving adult children who cannot support themselves due to a physical or mental disability, child support payments may continue indefinitely.
Note that while child support is determined by the court based on the above guidelines, parents may make agreements for additional expenses, such as school fees, travel expenses, uncovered medical bills, and extras like auto insurance as kids get older. Child support payments are designed to cover the basic needs of children, but there may naturally be other expenses, and parents may need to divide these separately to ensure shared financial responsibility.
Modifying Child Support
The court recognizes that circumstances may change that could warrant a modification of an existing order.
For instance, either parent may seek to request a review of an order because:
- the child has emancipated (left home) and is no longer living with the person receiving payment;
- either parent’s income has changed;
- the costs of raising the child have changed (healthcare costs or day-care expenses);
- the number of overnight visits the child has with the other parent has changed; or
To request a change, a formal request in writing needs to be submitted to the Court in the form of a Motion. The Court will expect to review updated financial information and so supporting documentation must be provided. Our experienced attorneys will guide you through this complicated experience and let you know what changes in child support you can expect based on your changed circumstances. The process usually takes up to 6 months for the Motion to be filed, mandatory mediation to be attended, and then a final hearing if no resolution is reached at mediation.
If you seek legal guidance to negotiate your child support case or request a modification, contact our team at Curtis Law Firm. We have over a decade of legal experience and treat every family with honor, respect, and dignity as you deserve. We will help you navigate the child support system in Colorado and ensure your interests are being appropriately addressed.
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