Fort Collins Child Support Lawyer
No matter what the relationship between parents may be, each has a financial duty to provide child support for the life necessities involved with raising him or her. Regardless of whether it arises in connection with a divorce or between unmarried parents, child support can lead to dispute. There are complex laws and procedural rules, and emotion can cloud judgment as you aim to do everything possible to protect your child.
You do not have to take on complicated, stressful child support disputes alone. Our passionate Fort Collins child support lawyers at Divorce Matters will offer advice and counsel throughout the process, so you get peace of mind knowing your case is in good hands. We have significant experience assisting parents in Fort Collins, CO child support matters, and we are here to help ensure your child’s rights are protected by the support they need.
Overview of Colorado Child Support Laws
Overall, child support is money paid by a non-residential parent to the parent with whom the child lives, to cover costs related to:
- Food, reasonable accommodations, and clothing;
- Medical insurance and/or care;
- School and educational expenses, including supplies;
- Costs of living;
- Expenses related to extracurricular activities;
- Vacations; and
- Other expenses.
Calculating Child Support
Colorado law on child support guidelines is strict and quite complicated when determining the proper amount. Parents may create their own child support agreements, but a court will only approve the arrangement if it is close alignment with the statutory formula. The guidelines proceed through a series of steps.
- Determining each parent’s gross income, which is any income the parent earns other than through child support payments, public benefits, a second job, or retirement proceeds.
- Child support is a percentage of the combined gross income of both parents, which is approximately 20 percent for the first child and 10 percent for each additional child.
- The percentage derived in Step 2 is split between the two parents.
Upon reaching this child support amount, a Larimer County court may also consider additional factors, such as:
- The financial resources of the residential, i.e., custodial, parent;
- The standard of living the child would have enjoyed if he or she was living with both parents;
- The child’s physical, emotional, and educational needs;
- The child’s financial resources; and,
- The financial resources and needs of the non-custodial parent.
Once the court enters an order for child support, it has the effect of law. The payor parent’s failure to comply can result in serious legal consequences and even criminal charges. There are procedures to modify a child support order where there has been a change in circumstances, such as loss of employment.
Talk to an Experienced Fort Collins, CO Child Support Lawyer Today
Do not put your child’s financial well-being at risk by attempting to represent yourself in a child support case. Our legal team at Divorce Matters has the skills and knowledge necessary to protect your interests, whether you are the payor or recipient parent. Please call us at 720.408.7469 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation about your case.
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