Englewood Child Support Lawyer
While child support is a vital resource for single parents, it is not easy to procure, it is difficult to enforce, receiving enough can be an uphill battle, and, for the paying parent, the amount asked for may simply be too much. At our law firm, our Englewood, CO child support lawyers provide professional legal assistance to paying and receiving single parents. We fight for your rights and the interests of your child.
What is Child Support?
Child support is financial assistance that the noncustodial parent pays to the custodial parent for the cost of raising a child. This money can be used for clothing, education, toys, food, paying rent or the mortgage, or anything else that the custodial parent needs help with. Even if the two parents were never married, the noncustodial parent still has a legal obligation to pay their fair share for their child. A paternity DNA test may be ordered to establish fatherhood if the noncustodial parent is the father, and is in denial of his biological identity as the child’s father.
How the Court Decides the Child Support Obligation
According to the Colorado Department of Human Services, the child support obligation is determined by the court based on:
- The gross income of both parents; and
- Information regarding what intact families spend on their children.
Each parent “owes” a certain percentage of the total support obligation; however, the noncustodial parent’s share is used to establish the actual support order. Additionally, both parents share costs of childcare, medical insurance, and uninsured medical expenses. If the child spends 92 nights or more with their noncustodial parent, the noncustodial parent’s responsibility for the child support obligation may be reduced by a credit under Shared Physical Care, according to the Colorado Department of Human Services. In some cases, the court may allow for a deviation from the normal rule. As such, if the noncustodial parent earns between $900 and $1,900 their child support order may be reduced.
Child Support Modification
Child support orders may be modified due to changing circumstances of the costs needed to care for the child, such as a new medical condition, or changing circumstances of either the custodial parent’s or noncustodial parent’s income. For example, if the custodial parent’s new gross income increased by a substantial margin, the noncustodial parent may have the order reduced or vice versa. It should be noted that the change in circumstances must be substantial and continuing, and the amount the order can be changed by must increase or decrease by 10 percent. Yet, an order can be modified as often as necessary, according to the Colorado Department of Human Services.
Call an Englewood Child Support Lawyer Today for Help
The importance of child support can never be understated. Both the custodial and noncustodial parents have rights that need to be protected. Do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced Englewood child custody lawyers today with Divorce Matters®.
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