Colorado is a no-fault divorce state, which makes the divorce process sound easy. However, this is not necessarily the case.
One of the most important and emotional issues during the end of your marriage is determining the amount of child support you or your ex will receive. Colorado law can affect your children for the rest of their lives.
The goal of child support guidelines
The aim of Colorado law is simple. After your divorce, the children must receive the same financial support as they did when living with you and your spouse. The state expects both parents to provide financial and emotional support.
The parent who does not have custody pays support to the other parent or a caregiver. Expenses taken into account are child care, health insurance, medical, education and travel. Support lasts until a child turns 19 (or 21 if still attending high school at that age). Payments continue if a child cannot support him or herself because of a disability.
The state provides help in several areas. Modifications to the child support plan and aiding in the enforcement of the plan are two of them.
Factors used to determine child support in Colorado
Colorado guidelines for determining child support can be difficult to understand. They often rely on individual circumstances. Support is roughly 20% of the combined gross income of the parents for one child. Add 10% for each additional child. Other factors also apply:
- The gross income of each parent (child support payments, public aid, a second job or a retirement plan do not apply)
- The financial resources of your children
- The physical and emotional condition of your children
- The educational needs of your children
- The financial resources and needs of the noncustodial parent
Parents can reach a child support agreement on their own. However, the court can reject the agreement if it does not meet state guidelines. Often, parents need the assistance of a family law attorney to make sure the agreement is set up correctly and fairly.
Enforce the child support agreement into the future
By following the support agreement, you can make life easier for your children. Parents who cannot or will not follow the terms of the agreement will make life more difficult for everyone. Take care of your child, and take care of yourself as well, by getting experienced help during your divorce.