For Denver residents who are or have been engaged in divorce proceedings, it can be refreshing and emotionally fulfilling to begin a new romantic relationship. These budding romances can, however, have an impact on divorce agreements, including those that involve alimony, child support payments and child custody arrangements. Those who are receiving child support from their children’s other parent may, therefore, want to carefully consider the legal consequences that new relationships can have on divorce agreements.
Court-ordered child support payments can sometimes lead to difficult issues for separated or divorced Colorado parents, and sometimes state legislatures will attempt to create a better legal framework for such situations by passing new laws. However, these child support laws can sometimes lead to negative results that are likely counter to their intended purposes.
All across the nation failure to pay child support is a major issue, and in Colorado it is no different. Many families are left without the financial assistance they need when non-custodial parents try and skirt their child support orders.
Many may feel that they are alone in their pursuit of unpaid child support. Although the Denver courts may award financial assistance needed to help raise a child, actually collecting on that money is often a difficult process.
For many Colorado couples, divorce is the best option, even when children are involved in the equation. After determining child custody arrangements, the former couple must come together to define a fair child support agreement in order to help cover every day expenses incurred in raising a child. If they cannot, a judge may have to step in.
Civil unions between same-sex couples are legal in the state of Colorado. Under these laws, couples are granted a large majority of the same rights that couples with state civil marriages receive, though they do not offer any of the federal benefits. One privilege is the ability to adopt children together, receive child support and obtain visitation rights.
Most of the time, when child support cases take place in Denver, as well as in other cities throughout the U.S., the disputing parties are a child's parents. A recent case in one state, however, has raised questions about the role the state should play in ordering child support payments, particularly when neither parent is seeking an arrangement or modification to an order.
In Jefferson County, family law judges regularly establish child support arrangements. These arrangements are meant to ensure both parents are bearing the responsibility of raising a child. While these types of arrangements due not determine the care of the child, they do assist with covering the financial needs of caring for the child.
Family law judges in Jefferson County and elsewhere order child support payments to ensure that both parents are bearing the financial responsibilities of raising a child. While some parents default on payments due to lack of income or having lost their job, others can more than afford the court ordered payments, but choose not to follow through with their obligations.
Whether parents are together or not, they are both expected to contribute to raising their child. All too often people fall behind on their child support payments for one reason or another. Individual states, such as Colorado and others, each have their own regulations and enforcement policies to ensure the financial needs of raising a child are met. In many states, severe consequences are put in place as deterrents, to prevent parents from defaulting on their obligations.