At Aviso Law, we understand how important your children are to you. When it comes to divorce, questions of parental responsibilities and child support are often sensitive and difficult matters, and it takes an emotionally intelligent and experienced lawyer to successfully handle them. At Aviso Law our attorneys are experts in child support matters and we have the experience and skill to make decisions that benefit you and your children. We truly care about your outcome and will work to provide you with individualized, quality representation.
In a divorce or legal separation with children, allocation of parental responsibilities, modification of parental responsibilities, and modification of child support the Colorado court uses a formula to determine how much child support you are entitled to receive or are obligated to pay. As with any formula the numbers used are critical and are often a source of conflict. Determining child support can be complicated, and there are a several exceptions and conditions to the general rules described here. Colorado Child Support guidelines are governed by C.R.S. § 14-10-115.
The primary factors used in the formula to determine the amount of child support are the parties gross monthly income and the amount of overnights each party has with the children. The court will determine each parent’s overnights based on the best interest of the child. Other factors that could impact the amount of child support include but are not limited to daycare cost, health insurance and spousal maintenance.
Child support can be complicated and can have significant impact on your financial situation, but advice from the skilled attorneys at Aviso Law can help you cut through the confusion and make the right decision for you and your children.
With our considerable experience, our child support attorneys can advise and represent you in all types of child support matters, including:
- Determination of the child support level
- Modifications in child support
- Enforcement of child support orders
- Paternity as it relates to child support
Modifications in Child Support
A child support order can be modified after a divorce if there is a substantial and continuing change in the circumstances. Substantial change generally means a 10% change in the amount of support ordered to be paid. A continuing change could include the increase or a loss of income, a child reaching the age of 19 years old, and an increase or decrease in the amount of maintenance. It is important to seek the advice of an attorney to help you determine if you are eligible to modify child support.