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When a couple with a child divorces, a child support order is established to ensure that the child continues to receive the financial support he or she needs from both parents. This money is paid from one parent to the other to help cover the costs of raising the child, which can include groceries and utilities, rent and mortgage payments, the cost of personal and household items for the child, and the child’s clothing and school supplies. It can also be used to cover extracurricular expenses, childcare, and transportation costs for extracurriculars.
In Colorado, child support orders are determined and enforced by the Colorado Division of Child Support Services. In most cases, child support continues until the child’s 19th birthday. If the child becomes self-sufficient before that through emancipation, marriage, or entering the military, support for that child may be terminated earlier.
How is Child Support Determined in Colorado?
In Colorado, child support orders are determined by plugging specific factors about a family into the state’s child support calculation formula. This is a piece of software maintained by the Colorado Division of Child Support Services. The factors fed into the formula are:
If the non-custodial parent has more than 93 overnight visits with the children each year, the number of visits he or she has;
- Each parent’s income;
- The family’s childcare costs;
- The children’s health insurance costs; and
- The number of children.
When one parent is unemployed or has a very low income or if there are other extreme circumstances, like a child’s special needs, the court may deviate from its original calculation. Parents can choose to include additional fixed costs on their child support worksheet or, if an additional expense has a fluctuating cost, they can opt to share it as it is incurred.
Modifying your Colorado Child Support Order
When a parent experiences a significantly changed circumstance that alters his or her child support obligation at least 10 percent, he or she can file a Motion to Modify Child Support. This must be mailed to the court and the child’s other parent. Once the court receives the motion and the filing parent’s evidence to support the need for the change, it may schedule a hearing, a mediation session, or a status conference to determine whether to grant the modification. The parent will have to provide a Sworn Financial Statement and a newly completed child support worksheet in order to complete the modification.
Work with an Experienced Centennial, CO Child Support Lawyer
Never make assumptions about your child support order – every case is unique, and your case’s unique nuances can play into how your order is developed and implemented. To learn more about child support in Colorado, contact our team of Centennial child support lawyers at Divorce Matters® today to set up your initial legal consultation with us. We are here to help you understand complex legal issues and advocate for you by providing quality legal counsel and representation.
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