Colorado state law mandates that all family law settlements be made in accordance with Colorado Child Support Guidelines to establish the total amount of child support required for each child per month should their parents divorce or obtain a legal separation. In addition, Colorado required child support for children born to parents never married.
Colorado child support guidelines do vary considerably depending on circumstances, making it essential that your case be reviewed by a Colorado family law& child support attorney so that the best interests of the children are protected.
We encourage you to contact an experienced Colorado Springs Child Support Attorney to learn how best to legally protect your children and yourself when it’s time to put in place a child support attorney agreement with the lawyer for the other parent of your child.
Colorado requires that any child less than 19 years of age, non-active duty military, and single receive monetary child support from their parents. This law applies regardless if parents have never married or are currently separated or legally divorced.
In order to establish an amount for the child support that should be paid by either parent a number of factors will need to be taken into account, these include but are not limited to;
- Income of both parents.
- Needs of the child.
- Cost of living.
- Earnings of that child.
- Bonuses agreed upon (this is usually for allowing shared custody)
- Spousal maintenance.
Within Colorado child support is paid for a child until they; reach the age of 19 years old, become married, is legally emancipated from parents or enlists in the military. However in cases where the child is disabled and would have difficulties providing for themselves; the court is able to mandate that the parents of that child must provide child support for the duration of that child’s life.
Changes to Child Support Order
Child support orders may be modified once there is evidence to support the claim that the financial capabilities of a parent allows for modifications to be made to the amount that a parent pays in child support; this can be an increase or decrease based on the financial situation of the parent. Any circumstance that causes a 10% or more shift in the amount a parent is able to pay for child support; both negative and positive, is grounds for the child support order to be modified to coincide with the changes.
A skilled Colorado Springs attorney from the Family Law Offices of John-Paul Lyle will utilize experience gained through years of advocating for parents as Colorado Springs child support attorney so that in any event where a parent is able to contribute more to the support of a child, all the necessary requests are submitted to force that parent to pay the amount in child support they are obligated to pay under the law.
Failing to pay child support is not tolerated under Colorado laws and there are legal options available that may be pursued in order to ensure that payments owed for Colorado Springs child support are received in full. Your legal expert from the Law Offices of John-Paul Lyle will work with the judicial system to ensure that all child support payments for the amount specified in the child support order are made in the timeframe stipulated.
The Law Offices of John-Paul Lyle is also well versed in Colorado Springs child support proceeding that involve service members and will through utilization of the vast knowledge gained through years of representing parents in Colorado who wish to ensure that their child’s right are protected and all child support owed are paid, and also parents who believe that amount requested for child support is irrational based on earnings or the child’s cost of living.