For many Colorado families, child support functions as a source of income to meet the needs of the child. Colorado bases child support on the belief that parents should allocate the same amount of funds towards raising the child as if the child still lived in an intact household.
Just because a child support order is in place doesn't mean it can never change. In fact, child support orders are often modified for a variety of reasons, including instances in which there is a significant change in parental responsibility time or the incomes of either parent noticeably increase or decrease.
While the law in many states says that child support should end around a child's 18th birthday, Colorado is different.
Children in Colorado deserve to have all of their financial needs met, regardless of whether or not their parents are married. We work with mothers and fathers who are involved in legal disputes over child support payments. While keeping the best interests of children in the forefront, we work to help our clients secure a fair and appropriate child support arrangement.
In Colorado, a parent can obtain a child support order either by applying at their local child support enforcement office or obtaining one through the state judicial system. When an order is issued, the other parent will be required to make his or her ordered payments. If payments are not made, enforcement actions will be taken.
In Colorado, child support orders can be changed by filing a request with the local child support enforcement office or by filing a motion to modify child support in court. Until and unless a requested change is approved and the order modified, payments under the existing order are required to continue.
For Colorado parents who are owed child support, there are a variety of methods of enforcement available to compel noncustodial parents to pay. If the noncustodial parent finds work, Colorado Child Support Services will generally become aware of that fact and create an income assignment. The income assignment directs employers to deduct wages for current or past due child support.
Colorado courts consider a number of factors when calculating how much child support a non-custodial parent may be ordered to pay. While the court usually relies on a guideline to determine the amount, life circumstances and other factors can often make the determination of which figures to use in the calculations much more difficult.
In the state of Colorado, a judge must approve of a change to a child support order. The modification has to be requested from the same court that issued the original order. The law is in favor of keeping child support orders stable, so there needs to be a compelling reason to have the order changed.
Colorado parents may be interested in how authorities in one state are catching parents who don't make their court-ordered child support payments. In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office reportedly checks the social media accounts of those who are behind on payments to determine if they have the money to pay. Two men were recently arrested after posts and pictures on their social media accounts led authorities to believe they should have the means to support their children.