Family Law

Child Support in Colorado

Legal Guidance from Top Child Support Attorneys

Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. has decades of experience handling family law cases involving child support orders. From the straightforward to the overtly complex, our team has seen it all, securing a long record of success case results for our clients all the while. When you need to settle a child support matter and want it done right the first time, you will want to choose us as your legal guides.

When Child Support is Necessary

When a married couple splits up, both parents still owe their children financial support to cover basic needs, including :

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Education
  • Medical Expenses

Child support orders issued or approved by the court are used to make certain each parent contributes fairly to those financial needs. 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.

Child support payment amounts are based on each parent’s income, how much time each parent spends with the child, and what finances are required for reasonable basic necessities for the child. In most but not all cases, the noncustodial parent (the party who doesn’t live with the child) is responsible for paying child support to the custodial parent.

More About 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 or sharing custody.

The following are the factors the court takes into consideration when determining child support:

  • Both parents’ gross income
  • Standard of living the child would’ve had if the parents stayed married
  • How many nights the child spends with each parent
  • Child’s significant expenses (e.g. daycare, private school, health insurance, etc.)
  • Parenting time travel
  • Child’s medical needs
  • Finances resources and needs of both parents

The duty to 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 them from becoming self-sufficient or independent, child support may continue past this typical deadline. To make certain your child will be well-off and happy, talk to our team about how to arrange for a fair and effective child support amount.

Family Law FAQ

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Our Colorado Child Support Lawyers are Ready to Help

Whether you are interested in establishing or modifying child support payments, Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. is here to help. Your child deserves to live happily, and we know that the right child support order can make that dream a reality. It would be our honor to hear from you, discuss your situation, and get to work on your case before any more time goes by.

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