Lakewood Child Support Lawyer
Supporting a child is the responsibility of both parents even after a divorce. While both parents may be fully engaged in taking care of their child, what they feel to be in the child’s best interests could differ. When it comes to creating a child support plan for your family, it is in your best interests to work with an experienced Lakewood child support lawyer who is well-versed in Colorado procedures and can fight on your behalf during this emotional time.
How is Child Support Calculated in Colorado?
Colorado has standard worksheets that must be filled out to determine the amount of child support one parent will pay. There are two types of calculations depending on whether the child spends more than 92 nights with each parent, which is considered shared physical care, or less than 92 nights with a parent, which is referred to as sole physical care. According to Colorado Revised Statute 14-10-115, the following factors are considered when calculating child support:
- The financial resources of the custodial parent and the child;
- The standard of living the child was accustomed to prior to the divorce;
- The child’s educational needs;
- The child’s physical and emotional state; and
- The financial resources and needs of the non-custodial parent.
Judges use the child support calculations as guidelines when establishing each parent’s financial obligations. It is important for each party to fully disclose their finances in order to determine proper child support payments. A child support lawyer can assist you in filing paperwork, advise you on the legal requirements, and represent you in court so that you end up with a fair and reasonable child support plan.
What is Covered By Child Support?
When one parent spends more time with a child, they end up paying for more items. Child support payments are designed to assist the custodial parent with the expenses of raising a child. Expenses include:
- School supplies;
- Medical bills;
- Extracurricular activities; and
If a child has any special needs those will also be taken into consideration when determining the court-ordered child support amounts.
Modifying Child Support Payments
If there is a substantial and continuous change in the financial circumstances of either parent or the child, it may be time to modify the child support payments. According to the Colorado Department of Human Services, substantial means that the payments must go up or down by 10 percent when modified. Some reasons to modify child support include if one parent loses a job or if the child has unanticipated and long-term medical needs. It is important to seek the counsel of a knowledgeable Lakewood attorney before requesting to modify child support. The courts will reevaluate the financial situation of both parties and it is possible that your payments could actually go the opposite way of what you anticipated.
Contact Our Lakewood, CO Child Support Lawyers to Learn More
Determining what is best for your child in a divorce can be emotionally draining and overwhelming. At Divorce Matters, we will help fight to get you the best possible outcome with your obligation to pay child support or with your role of being the primary caretaker. Contact Divorce Matters for a free initial consultation with one of our child support attorneys today.
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