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Child Support Attorney In Denver, Colorado
Under Colorado law, every child is legally entitled to support from both parents, and both parents have a continuing duty to provide support to the child. Child support may be ordered in a dissolution of marriage, legal separation, declaration of invalidity of the marriage or paternity action. The right to receive child support belongs to the child, not to the custodial parent receiving the support on the child’s behalf.
Consult Our Divorce Lawyers For The Details Of Child Support Issues
“Child support” in Colorado is determined through a formula based on the monthly “gross income” of each parent, the number of minor children, the number of overnights the children spend with each parent, the cost of the children’s health insurance, and the payment and receipt of spousal support between the parties.
Additional recurring children’s expenses can also be taken into consideration, including day care, private school or orthodontia. For high-income parties, defined as having a collective gross income exceeding $30,000 per month, the children’s needs and standard of living they would have enjoyed but for the divorce may be considered.
“Gross income” for child support and determining spousal support (aka maintenance) is based on all income sources, including employment compensation, commissions, bonuses, royalty and rental income, retirement/pension benefits and work-provided benefits that are also used personally like a company car, cellphone or club membership.
We Can Help Make Changes To Child Support Obligations
Child support can be modified when there is a substantial and continuing change in the parties’ circumstances. This may arise due to a material change in a party’s income or the parenting time schedule, or when a child emancipates. The attorneys at Litvak Litvak Mehrtens and Carlton, P.C., are experienced in negotiating and litigating modifications of child support when a change in support is necessary.