Child support in Colorado refers to the financial support provided by one parent to the other for the benefit of their child or children. The purpose of child support is to ensure that both parents contribute to the upbringing and well-being of their children, even if they are no longer together.
Here are some key points about child support in Colorado:
Child support in Colorado is determined based on the “Income Shares” model, which considers both parents’ incomes and the amount of time each parent spends with the child. The Colorado Child Support Guidelines provide a formula to calculate the amount of child support owed.
The following factors are taken into account when calculating child support:
– Gross income of both parents
– Number of children involved
– Costs of health insurance and child care
– Amount of parenting time each parent has
– Other child support obligations from previous relationships
– Extraordinary expenses, such as medical or educational costs
In Colorado, child support is usually paid by the non-custodial parent (the parent with less parenting time) to the custodial parent (the parent with primary physical custody). However, the specific amount of child support can vary depending on the circumstances of each case.
Child support orders can be modified if there is a significant change in circumstances, such as a substantial change in income or a change in the parenting time arrangement. Either parent can request a modification by filing a motion with the court.
If a parent fails to pay child support as ordered, there are various enforcement mechanisms available in Colorado. These may include income withholding, interception of tax refunds, suspension of licenses (e.g., driver’s license), and other legal actions to collect overdue child support.
Duration of Support:
Child support obligations in Colorado generally continue until the child turns 19, or until they turn 21 if they are still in high school. However, there may be exceptions for children with special needs or circumstances that warrant extended support.
Child support laws can be complex, and the information provided here is a general overview. If you need specific advice or have detailed questions about child support in Colorado, it’s advisable to consult with an attorney or a family law professional who can provide personalized guidance based on your situation.