Navigating Colorado Child Support Laws
As Colorado family law attorneys at the Baker Law Group, we understand the nuances of child support laws in Colorado. Child support is a crucial part of ensuring a stable, nurturing environment for children following a separation or divorce. It can be a complex subject, but with the right information and support, navigating this area of law becomes significantly less daunting.
What is Child Support?
This includes children from a marriage, those adopted, or born outside of marriage.
Child support payments typically go towards basic necessities like food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, and educational expenses.
In Colorado, child support can continue until the child turns 19 or until completion of high school, whichever comes later. However, it may extend beyond if the child is physically or mentally disabled.
How is Child Support Calculated in Colorado?
Colorado uses the Income Shares Model to calculate child support, meaning the state believes a child should receive the same proportion of parental income they would have if the parents lived together.
The model starts with calculating the combined adjusted gross income of both parents and then allocating a portion to each parent based on their share of the combined income.
Factors considered in the calculation include:
- Each parent’s monthly gross income
- Any pre-existing child support or alimony obligations
- The cost of health insurance and who covers it
- The number of overnights the child spends with each parent
- Daycare costs or extraordinary medical expenses
The Colorado Child Support Guidelines provide a table that specifies basic child support obligations depending on the parent’s combined income and the number of children they have.
Can Child Support Be Modified?
Yes, child support can be modified in Colorado. If a parent experiences a significant and continuing change in circumstances, such as a job loss, substantial increase or decrease in income, or a significant change in the child’s needs, they can request the court to modify the child support order. The change generally needs to result in at least a 10% change in the amount of support to be considered significant.
Enforcing Child Support in Colorado
Colorado law takes child support obligations seriously. If a parent fails to pay child support, several enforcement mechanisms can be used, including wage garnishments, liens on property, interception of tax refunds, suspension of licenses, and in extreme cases, jail time.
Navigating child support laws in Colorado can be complex, but it’s essential for the welfare of your children. As experienced Denver family law lawyers, the team at Baker Law Group is dedicated to helping you understand these laws and guiding you through the process.
Whether you’re establishing, modifying, or enforcing a child support order, our skilled Colorado family attorneys are here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out for expert advice and support in navigating your child support concerns.