Colorado Child Support Attorneys
Serving Denver, Loveland, Fort Collins and Greeley, Colorado
In Colorado, child support is a responsibility and obligation both parents share. This obligation generally lasts until the child reaches 19 years of age. Both parents have a responsibility to support their children, but usually only one parent will end up paying support to the other. The Colorado child support attorneys at Malman Law Firm can assist parents in establishing, modifying and enforcing child support obligations and payments.
Child Support Payment Determination
As part of a divorce or allocation of parental responsibilities, and subject to the approval of the Court, child support payments may be negotiated between parents. If an agreement cannot be reached, the Court can decide who pays child support, how much is to be paid, and for how long. It is important to have an advocate on your side when this long term obligation is determined.
Child support payments are determined based on a statutory guideline. Elements considered and affecting this formula include:
- Each parent’s income
- Financial needs of the child
- Number of children
- Health insurance costs for the child
- Standard of living child enjoyed while parents were together
During child support proceedings, each parent must detail their sources of income and monthly expenses. To reach a fair payment amount, it’s critical that each parent reveals accurate income information. If the parent responsible for support excludes a certain source of income, the recipient parent will not be getting a fair amount. Similarly, if you are the paying parent and believe you are paying too much, you may want to petition for a modification of the child support order.
Do you need a Lawyer for Child Support?
Whether you and the other parent negotiate outside of court or take the case to a judge, you can benefit from the representation of an experienced family law or divorce lawyer. Our Colorado child support attorneys will represent you while the child support payment amount is being determined and advocate on your behalf. Our lawyers can also petition to have the terms of child support modified. In some cases, recipients have good reason to ask for modification of payments. For example, if one parent has additional income, or if your child’s needs have changed, you may wish to have a hearing in front of the judge to ask for a change in Child Support.
If you are not receiving your child support payments, our attorneys can help enforce the terms of the Court’s Support Order. As a parent doing your part to feed, clothe, shelter and care for your child, you may need the help of the other parent to provide your child what they deserve. Both parents have a responsibility to contribute to the care of their children, and our attorneys can help you get the other parent to pay as they should.
For related information about support paid to spouses (“alimony”), please see Spousal Support – Alimony/Maintenance.
To learn more about child support in Colorado, contact Malman Law Firm to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients in the Denver metro, Loveland, Fort Collins and northern Colorado areas.