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.
More and more, parents are separating and raising their children apart from each other. In situations like these, it's very common for family law courts to order one parent to pay the other a set amount monthly to help with the costs of raising a child. Unfortunately, failure to pay child support is an ongoing problem in Denver and other cities throughout the U.S. In an effort to crack down on parents who do not pay their required child support payments, some district attorney offices across the country have begun using social media sites, such as Facebook, to build cases for prosecution.
For men who make the decision to donate sperm in order to help couples who cannot conceive a child, many likely don't think that they will ever be hit with a bill for child support. But one story unfolding in a state neighboring Colorado underscores the dangers of people who try to do these procedures on their own without going through the official channels.
In cases where children's parents are not together, there is the opportunity for difficulty with child custody and child support. It can often be that a Colorado parent who is not the main custodial parent may have to pay child support in order to help care for their children. Should someone fail to come forward with the amount stated in the terms of child support, it is possible that they could face criminal charges and/or sentences. One man recently was so sentenced and with quite a unique specification.