Child Support in Colorado
What is Child Support Used For?
When the family unit splits up due to divorce, parents owe their children financial support to cover basic needs, including housing, food, clothing, education, and medical expenses. Additionally, child support can be used for optional expenses that will enrichen the child’s life, such as extracurricular activities, music lessons, and sports camps.
The amounts these payments are based on the parents’ income and how much time each parent spends with the child. Essentially, the noncustodial parent (the party who doesn’t live with the child) is responsible for paying child support to the custodial parent.
Colorado Child Support Guidelines
Child support guidelines follow a specific formula that makes support awards consistent and certain. The method the state uses to calculate child support is based on “income shares,” meaning children are entitled to a portion of the income of each parent because they should be financially supported in the same manner they would have been if their parents were still married.
The following are the factors the court takes into consideration when determining child support:
- Both parents’ gross income
- The standard of living the child would’ve had if the parents stayed married
- How many nights the child spends with each parent
- The child’s significant expenses (e.g. daycare, private school, health insurance, etc.)
- Parenting time travel
- The child’s physical and emotional needs
- The finances resources and needs of both parents
The duty of pay child support often ends when the child becomes 19 years of age or until high school graduation—whichever comes later. If a child has special needs that prevent him/her from becoming self-sufficient or independent, child support may continue past the deadline.
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