Love is the foundation of the relationship between parents and their children. Unfortunately, however, love is not, in fact, all you need to raise a child. Children require financial resources to ensure their well-being, health, and growth. The responsibility for providing those resources falls on the parents. When parents divorce, the issue of how that responsibility is allocated and how much child support each parent will need to contribute to the raising of their child can be complicated and contentious.
I’m Colorado Springs divorce and family law attorney Bryson Perkins. When I work with divorcing parents on child support issues, I strive to reach arrangements which ensure that their children have economic security and stability while also being fair and equitable.
Colorado Child Support Guidelines
Colorado has established child support guidelines and formulas that judges use to determine how much support each parent will need to contribute to the child’s upbringing. Broadly, the support awards for children in Colorado are based on:
- the respective financial resources of each parent
- the financial resources of the child
- the needs of the custodial parent
- the physical and emotional condition of the child, and
- the standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage or civil union not been dissolved.
Fighting for The Best Possible Child Support Arrangements
Often, child support calculations using the statutory guidelines can be a matter of simple math. There are also child support calculators for Colorado available; however, these are better described as child support estimators. Many times, disputes arise as to how to determine what the appropriate numbers should be. The actual amount of a parent’s income or the true costs of raising the children, how much time each parent will actually be spending with the child, and other issues can make the process contentious and time-consuming.
Additionally, the guidelines established by the law are just that – guidelines. Colorado law gives judges broad discretion to deviate from those guidelines in cases where their application would be inequitable to one of the parents or to the child.
This is why it is so important that a divorcing parent retains a family lawyer who has a full understanding of Colorado child support law, a well-developed ability to engage in complicated economic and income analysis, and the advocacy skills and experience to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
Modification and Enforcement of Child Support Obligations
Child support obligations are established in the final divorce decree and usually continue until the child turns 19, gets married, or joins the military. But a lot can change between the time an initial support order is entered and the time financial obligations terminate. Changes in the incomes of one or both of the parents, new or expanded needs for the child’s well-being, other sources of support because of remarriage – these are just a few of the circumstances that can justify a modification of child support.
As a parent you should seek a family law attorney you can rely upon long after the ink has dried on your divorce to ensure that child support arrangements keep up with life’s changes, remain fair, and continue to provide the resources your children need.
Even when child support arrangements are equitable and appropriate, those arrangements mean little if one of the parents fails or refuses to meet their obligations. When one of my clients and their children are not receiving what they are owed, I aggressively seek enforcement of child support orders and other appropriate remedies to protect the rights of my clients.
As a father, I understand how important it is to make sure that children have the resources and security they need so they can grow, thrive, and pursue their dreams. As a family law attorney in Cololorado Springs, I work tirelessly to make sure that the child support arrangements established for every one of my clients provide that for their children.
Other consideration when researching Colorado Springs divorce lawyers...
Both you are your divorce attorney need to factor in the dramatic changes in 2014 to the Colorado laws regarding spousal maintenance.
In Colorado the laws pretaining to child custody no longer actually use the term child custody. Rather, parents in a divorce must allocate “parental responsibility” – including decision-making authority and “parenting time” - between themselves.
- Does the law firm offer an in-depth free consultation with a divorce lawyer to allow full understanding of all aspects of your case?