Child Support Follows A Formula, But You Still Need To Protect Your Interests

Both parents are expected to contribute financially to the care of their children following divorce or the end of a nonmarital relationship. The concept behind Colorado's child support laws is that minor children should be able to maintain the same standard of living they would have if their parents remained together. If one parent becomes the primary caregiver, the noncustodial parent usually pays a monthly amount to the custodial parent.

Like many states, Colorado uses a formula to help determine the appropriate amount of child support. Parents are allowed to reach an agreement on child support independently. However, if an agreement strays too far outside of the state guidelines, it may not be approved.

At the Law Offices of Brandon R. Ceglian P.C., our family law attorneys protect the rights of parents regarding child support. Whether you expect to receive support or pay it, it is important to get it right. It's possible to seek modifications to existing support orders, but the process can take time, and the outcome is not guaranteed.

Factors Influencing Support

A number of expenses are considered when setting child support, including child care, education, health insurance, medical expenses and travel expenses.

Colorado follows the "income shares" model to calculate the support amount. This formula combines both parents' adjusted gross income and figures out how much would have been spent on each child if the parents remained together. Each parent is expected to contribute a certain amount based on their income.

It is possible to deviate from the formula when special circumstances exist, such as extra medical costs, higher education costs, costs of extracurricular activities or in high-asset divorces. It is also possible to modify existing child support orders if there is a significant change in either parent's income (generally defined as 10 percent or more).

We Are Ready To Help You Navigate The Child Support Process

We welcome the opportunity to help you protect your interests in setting child support or any other issue in divorce. Call 720-256-2106 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation. Our lawyers work with clients throughout the metro Denver area from our office in Highlands Ranch.