Highlands Ranch Child Support Lawyer
When parents divorce, their financial obligation to their minor children is not terminated. Because a couple’s children generally live primarily with one parent following the parents’ divorce, the other parent may be required to pay child support to help cover the costs of raising the children on a day-to-day basis. In Colorado, child support orders are handled by the Colorado Division of Child Support Services.
Determining an Appropriate Child Support Order
Child support orders are determined according to the state’s child support formula. The following factors are fed into the program:
- Each parent’s monthly income;
- The number of children;
- The number of overnight visits the non-custodial parent has with the children each year if it is more than 93;
- The children’s health insurance costs; and
- The family’s childcare costs, if applicable.
Individual circumstances may also be considered, causing the final child support order to deviate from the program’s initial calculation, such as a parent’s low income.
When parents have additional expenses to consider, such as extracurricular costs, they may include them on their child support worksheet if the cost is consistent or, if the cost fluctuates, opt to share the cost as it comes up.
What Does Child Support Cover?
Child support can be used to cover all of the costs of raising a child. At the most basic level, it is spent on housing, food, and necessities for the child. It can also be used to cover additional costs like:
- School supplies;
- Academic needs, like school tuition, uniforms, or transportation to school;
- Extracurricular expenses like league fees and lessons; and
Altering an Existing Child Support Order
Unless a child enters the military or otherwise becomes self-sufficient before the age of 19, child support must be paid until his or her 19th birthday.
If a parent experiences a change in circumstances that necessitate a change to his or her child support order, he or she can file a Motion to Modify Child Support. This must be mailed to the other parent as well as to the court where the child support order was initially established. Along with the motion, the parent must provide evidence showing his or her change in financial circumstances. The court then schedules a hearing, conference, or mediation session, at which the parent must provide a Sworn Financial Statement and a new child support worksheet showing his or her current financial state.
Work with an Experienced Highlands Ranch, CO Child Support Lawyer
If you have children, a child support order is going to be part of your divorce settlement. To learn more about child support in Colorado and work with a lawyer who will advocate for your rights, contact our team of experienced Highlands Ranch child support lawyers at Divorce Matters® today to set up your initial consultation in our office. Do not assume anything about your child support order, even if you have an existing one from a previous relationship.
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