In Colorado divorce, the divorce court can order either or both parents to pay child support, as long as it's reasonable and necessary. Child support payments are calculated by estimating the amount of support that would have been available if the family had stayed together with the help of a child support worksheet. This is figured by using the parents' combined gross income and then adjusted to allow for the child's medical expenses, insurance and work-related child care costs. The specific amount is allotted to each parent.
Although a child support worksheet is typically used to calculate child support, the divorce courts may alter the calculations, depending on the circumstances of the divorce. If the worksheet is not considered fair to make a child support order, the Colorado divorce court considers a variety of factors when it comes to determining who pays child support, including:
The Colorado divorce courts don't regard marital fault when deciding a child support order. Once a child support order has been issued, it's not necessarily permanent. It may be possible to modify child support if there is a change in circumstances. A local Colorado divorce lawyer can explain the circumstances that may encourage you to petition the Colorado divorce court for a child support modification.
Speak to a local Colorado divorce lawyer about your child support questions. With the help of a Colorado divorce lawyer, you can learn how your situation will affect the child support you may pay or receive. Find a divorce lawyer in your area by calling 877-349-1310 or filling a Colorado divorce case review. If your child support case doesn't involve a divorce, you can still connect with a Colorado attorney who concentrates in family law.
The above synopsis of Colorado divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Colorado divorce lawyer in your area.
Colorado divorce laws were last updated April 2009.
Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.