Colorado Springs Child Support

Child support impacts your children and your finances, so it’s vital to get an order that is fair and reasonable given the circumstances. After all, this is money you will be paying or receiving, and it will become part of your household budget. With such a serious issue, it pays to have experienced child support lawyers in Colorado Springs on your side for your case.

The dedicated team at The Burnham Law Firm has years of experience handling Colorado child support cases, including high asset cases, and we are ready to give your case the attention it deserves. Review some common child support areas below so you’re more prepared and informed about what to expect.

 

Support determination matters

In Colorado, the court uses a formula from the state legislate to calculate a child support amount. In general, the before-tax incomes of both parents are combined and then a basic child support amount is set based on that combined figure. Next, the court divides the obligation between both parents based on their incomes. There are also other factors that can impact the support amount, including the parenting time each parent has, whether either parent is already paying support for another child or a spouse or has other children in his or her home, and how much each parent is paying for other child expenses, such as child care, education and health insurance.

A child support case with a lot of assets can get complex quickly, so if you are in this situation, it’s best to speak to child support lawyers in Colorado Springs who have experience in high-asset family law cases. Contact The Burnham Law Firm in Colorado Springs to schedule a consultation today.

It’s important to note that the court can “impute” – estimate a full-time income and apply it to the calculation – income to a parent who is not working or is considered underemployed. This does not apply to a disabled adult, a parent who is in school full-time and working toward a degree or certification, or a parent who is caring for a child under 30 months old.

You will be part of the calculation process and provide information, but keep in mind that child support use cannot be dictated by the paying parent. You can also address certain costs you know the children will have, such as education and medical insurance, in the order to cover all your bases and avoid confusion about who pays what down the line.

 

Child support can be enforced

There are legal remedies when one parent is not paying the child support he or she is supposed to. However, this is not tied to parenting time or visitation in any way. If you’re owed child support, you can’t deny the other parent the right to see his or her child, and doing so could upset your current custody arrangement. There are enforcement methods available that you can use, such as garnishment of wages, for a parent who is owed support, and an attorney can help you explore your options.

If you are behind on support, the other parent can’t refuse to let you see your child because of it. Speak to an experienced child support attorney at The Burnham Law Firm about what you can do if you are not being allowed to see your kids because you’re in support arrears. A parent who is behind on payments and is being denied his or her parenting time can return to court to enforce his or her rights to see the children.

 

Orders can be modified

You can have an existing child support changed in Colorado if the circumstances call for it. Generally, to prove such a change has occurred to the court, the new support amount would have to change by at least 10 percent when calculated. Many things can call for a modification, including the major loss of income of one parent, changes to the child’s or parent’s health insurance, or changes to the parenting time schedule. Since your modification only goes back to the date you filed your request for it in court, you will want to act when things change as soon as possible.

 

Termination of support

Child support obligations end in Colorado when the child is considered emancipated, which occurs when he or she marries, turns 19, joins the military or graduates from high school and becomes self-sufficient. In some cases, it may continue after a child turns 19, such as when the child is still in high school. However, even if the support ends, arrears still have to be paid. Orders entered before July 1, 1997, do not automatically end; the parent paying support must go to court to end the obligation.

Whatever your child support case entails, the diverse staff of The Burnham Law Firm is ready to help you resolve your case. Contact our experienced and aggressive child support lawyers in Colorado Springs for help with your case today.