Married parents living together naturally split household expenses and childrearing costs, but they must separate their lives and expenses when they divorce.
Paying child support can be not easy with two sets of household expenses replacing a single set of costs, but the child’s needs still must be met, and this often results in one parent paying child support.
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Whether you have questions about how the court might calculate child support or how you can deal with the other parent, a qualified attorney at Curtis Law Firm can help you, and your child gets 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 child support 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 in Colorado
The Colorado courthouse recognizes that circumstances may change that could warrant a modification of existing child support orders.
For instance, either parent may seek to request a review of child support orders 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
A formal change request needs to be written in a Motion to be filed and submitted to the Court. The Colorado Court will expect to review updated financial information, so income must provide income documentation. Our experienced child support attorneys will guide you through this complicated experience and tell you 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 a final hearing if no resolution succeeds.
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. Our family law attorneys will help you navigate the child support system in Denver, Colorado, and address your interests appropriately.
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