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We handle child support cases of all types across the front-range area. Whether you are the ‘payor’ or the ‘payee’ our attorneys can get you the results you deserve.
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Child Support in Colorado:
Wessels & Arsenault, LLC, we are Colorado lawyers operating in the Denver Metro Area and we are familiar with the workings of Colorado Child Support Laws. We will work hard with you to make sure that the correct amount is paid.
Child Support, a bit on how it is Determined (Overnights and Income):
The Courts of Colorado have authority to order child support. Essentially, it can be said that child support is intended to maintain the standard of living of the children at the same level as it would have been if the parents were living together with the kids. The court considers several relevant factors, amongst them are:
- The financial resources of the child
- The financial resources of the custodial parent
- The standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage not been dissolved
- The physical and emotional condition of the child and his or her educational needs
- The financial resources and needs of the noncustodial parent (Click HERE for selected family law statutes.)
With these factors in mind the court may make an order as to child support if the parents of the children are separated. In our experience, the two biggest driving factors of the amount support ordered are the number of overnights that the children spend with each parent and the income of the parties. You may have heard about the “child support formula” or the “child support worksheet,” these terms refer to documents and computerized spreadsheets which help parents and the courts determine the amount of child support which should be paid. These forms are created by the judicial department according to the Colorado Revised Statutes relevant to child support: “The child support guidelines shall be used with standardized child support guideline forms to be issued by the judicial department. The judicial department is responsible for promulgating and updating the Colorado child support guideline forms, schedules, worksheets, and instructions.” (§ 14-10-115(4)).
As you can see, while child support and parenting time (overnights spent with children) are separate issues, it is important to at least consider the impact of the parenting plan on the amount of child support while you are thinking through your case. This is especially true in the early stages of the separation. We already know that most people want to spend as much time with their children as possible, however, we also know that most people are unaware how much of an effect just a one or two overnight difference per month can have on the overall child support order.
There are some resources available where you can get more information about this area of the law of Colorado in regards to Child Support, here are two which may be helpful:
- Click HERE for selected family law statutes.
- Click HERE for the Child Support worksheets from the Colorado Judicial Branch Website.
If you have used the formulas in the worksheet, you may be surprised by the numbers that are returned. Many people do not realize that the support worksheets are based heavily on the gross income of the parties (before monthly expenses) and the number of overnights with the child(ren). The formula, however, is not definitive and there are circumstances under which the payments ordered by the court will differ from the payments suggested by the worksheet. A lawyer can help you navigate the details of arriving at an appropriate support order. It is important to be as accurate as possible because, while child support orders can be changed, a small difference monthly can add up to a lot of money over time.
If you are facing a situation where the Court is about to order support or the court has already ordered support and you feel that the payment is too low or too high, our lawyers can help you determine the best course of action. If you are owed back child support and the other party is refusing to pay, or not meeting the full obligation, we can help!
There are many ways to bring a party into compliance. If you are facing court action because you owe back child support or cannot afford to make the payments, we can help you as well! From changing the order to working with you, the other parent and the court, we can arrive at a resolution that helps get you back on track and into a reasonable situation. We understand the intricacies of child support in Colorado and we are ready to help on your case.
Read some of the laws that pertain to YOUR case: This website contains selected statutes from The Colorado Revised Statutes, click HERE for selected family law statutes.
Where we practice: We serve clients in family law matters throughout the Denver metro area. A Colorado based firm, we serve most of our clients in the counties of Adams, Jefferson, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver and Douglas, amongst others near the metro area. This includes cities such as Louisville, Broomfield, Arvada, Golden, Boulder, Longmont, Thornton, Lyons, Aurora, Denver, Littleton, Englewood, Evergreen, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Gunbarrel, Lakewood and other metro cities. While we normally service these areas, depending on the type and complexity of the matter, we have the ability to take cases across the state, especially in areas east of the Divide.
We pride ourselves on the ability to remain flexible and to act quickly; we also are able to generally offer same day or next-day appointments. We make ourselves as available as possible to help keep moving forward on your issues. Because this ability may be hindered somewhat by travel time outside of our normal reaches, we will also evaluate your matter from a logistical standpoint and try to arrive at a solution that can work for both of us.
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