Questions About Child Support? We Have Answers.
What is child support?
Child support is the right of the child. Each parent has an obligation to financially support the child. Colorado has child support worksheets to calculate support by taking into account each party’s true full-time earnings/earning potential, overnights with the child, and reoccurring expenses for the child.
Focusing on the Best Interests of Children and Parents
It is important to make sure that children have the financial support they need, even when their parents are no longer together. Child support is determined according to a formula that takes the income of both parents and the parenting plan into consideration.
At Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., we represent men and women in child support cases. We focus on ensuring that child support arrangements are based on accurate information and are in the best interest of children and parents. Our team of lawyers and paralegals has been handpicked by Cynthia L. Ciancio, one of the most accomplished family law attorneys in Colorado.
Determining Child Support When A Parent Is A High Income Earner Or Self-Employed
With high income individuals, the “formula” does not apply. These cases require a special analysis that takes into consideration the needs of the child and the standard of living prior to the parental separation.
With self-employed individuals or business owners, the determination of income can be very complex. Our attorneys pride themselves on understanding the income of a business and reading and understanding tax returns. Determination of income is the most important factor in determining child support.
Income Of A Parent Who Is Unemployed Or Underemployed
This area of law can be very complex and confusing. If a parent is unemployed or under-employed, there is a possibility that a court will “impute” (assign) an income to that individual even if he or she is not actually earning that amount. The imputation of income in support cases can be precedent setting, so one needs to carefully understand this area of law before going in front of a judge.
Child Support For Unwed Parents
The issue of child support extends beyond divorce. Unwed parents must also deal with this issue. In order for child support payments to be ordered, paternity must first be established. Our lawyers can assist you with all of your paternity and child support needs.
Child Support Modification
Child support is generally modifiable. If you, like many of our clients, have experienced a change in your financial or parenting time circumstances, you may be eligible to have child support modified.
To learn more about this area of our practice, see our modification and contempt page.
Contact Our Child Support Attorneys
Our law firm’s attorneys, handpicked by renowned family law attorney Cynthia L. Ciancio, understand what it takes to protect the rights of parents in child support cases. Contact us at 303-872-8919 to schedule a case evaluation with our Westminster attorneys.