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When your child support order is issued in Colorado, its rules for emancipation apply to the case. Unless the court determines the child is emancipated for another reason, it occurs and the child support ends when the child turns 19. However, this does not apply if the child is still going to high school or is in an equivalent program when he or she reaches that age. In that case, the support continues until the end of the month after graduation or until the child turns 21, whichever happens first. Note that support can continue beyond the age of 19 if both parents have an agreement stating that in writing or if the child is physically or mentally disabled and the court orders continued support.
If you need a certified copy of a court order from another state, you need to contact the clerk of the court that issued the order. A fee may apply, and this varies by court. Contact the court that issued the order to determine their process for copy requests and their fees.
To get an update on your case status, you need to speak to the state in which you requested child support services. If your case is open through a county CSEU, speak to your caseworker about your case’s current status. It takes around 90 days to open an interstate child support case, however other factors will influence how long it takes for you to start receiving money. These include whether you already have a court-issued child support order and how fast the other state is able to serve the paying parent with the legal paperwork.
Be aware that the UIFSA only applies to support cases, and this is all the county CSEU is able to handle. If you have an interstate case involving custody or visitation, you will need to take that case to the court system. If you need help with custody or visitation and the other parent lives somewhere else, your case can get complex quickly. The experienced team at Burnham Law can help you with interstate cases, including ones that involve custody and other family law matters. Taking an interstate family law matter to court is more involved than it is when the other parent lives in the same state as you, so having legal help on your side can make the process less stressful and help ensure you’re working toward the best outcome in your situation.
Child support has a real impact on your finances, especially when you are relying on it to cover gaps in your budget after divorce or a legal separation. If your co-parent lives in another state, you still can enforce a support order in order to receive the support you need for your child’s expenses. Speak to the trusted and experienced team at Burnham Law about your interstate support case today.