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What should I know about CO child support guidelines?

As a parent in Colorado, you are no doubt concerned for the well-being of your family. This is especially true when navigating difficult divorce proceedings, which can entail a range of ramifications, both emotional and financial. Establishing how much child support is owed is just one crucial concern, and being aware of pertinent guidelines can help you throughout the process.

The State of Colorado Judicial Department can assist you in gaining an understanding of existing guidelines, including the impact child support obligations from previous relationships will have on future arrangements. In this case, the non-custodial parent must show proof that payments are currently being made. If they are able to show proof, adjustments can be made to gross income amounts, which will factor into how much child support is owed. Alimony payments can also be subtracted from gross income.

If your ex-spouse is not currently employed, support amounts will be calculated based on the potential to earn income. Things like previous jobs worked, existing employment opportunities and level of training are often used to determine one's potential income ability.  When it comes to calculating the amount owed, the gross income of both you and your former spouse must be accounted for. Funding such as public assistance or Supplemental Security Income does not get factored into gross income.

Income that is counted when determining child support can include a number of sources. For instance, tips earned will factor into one's total gross income, as will any regularly earned wages resulting from work. Commissions are also counted, as are pension payouts, benefits derived from Social Security and any bonuses provided during the course of work. The above is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. 

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