Questions About Child Support In Colorado?
Whether you are getting a divorce, establishing a parenting plan for the first time, modifying a parenting plan post decree, or modifying child support post decree, the financial support of your family is an issue that should not be overlooked in your family law case. If you are going through a family law case that involves children, you are probably going to need to resolve the issue of child support.
At Gebhardt Emerson Moodie Bonanno, LLC, our seasoned Colorado family law attorneys are prepared to ensure that you are paying or receiving an amount that is fair according to the facts present. No matter if you are seeking support or contesting a support award, our lawyers know how to build a strong case that helps establish your position with the court.
How Is Child Support Calculated?
In Colorado, child support is considered the right of the child. There are a number of factors that the court must consider in calculating child support, including child-related expenses, each parent’s income, and the parenting schedule. Generally, one parent will be ordered to pay child support to the other parent in order to ensure that your child has appropriate resources at each parent’s home.
Child support is calculated based on a formula established by the Colorado legislature in Colorado Revised Statutes 14-10-115. There are many different factors that go into the calculation of child support. The court has little discretion when it comes to the result of the calculation, but it’s not as simple as it may sound.
The definition of income for the purpose of calculating child support in Colorado can be tricky, and it is important to have a skilled attorney that can present your income and the income of your co-parent in the most appropriate way. Similarly, the amount of time each parent spends with a child may not be clear-cut. A child support attorney can help you prepare a position regarding the actual time each parent spends with the child to ensure that child support is fair and meets the child’s needs.
If you are looking to modify child support, you will need to be able to demonstrate to the court that there is an ongoing and continuing change in circumstances (i.e., parenting time, income or some regularly reoccurring monthly expense related to your child) that results in a 10% or greater change in child support.
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If you have questions about an initial child support determination or a modification of an existing order, reach out to GEM Family Law by calling our Denver office at 720-443-4892 or by sending us an email to arrange a time that works for you.