Colorado child support formula
Child support in Colorado is calculated based on a formula that the legislature has told us to use and they’ve got a huge spreadsheet and a computer program that you take certain parts of the parents financial information and you plug it into their spreadsheet and it kicks out a number for you.
So it’s a standardized form, which is very helpful because then you you tend not to fight too much over child support. You can fight over which numbers go into the child support formula. But at the end of the day, it’s a lot simpler to use this formula that the legislature has come up with, right or wrong.
Parenting time and Child Support in Colorado
Another argument about child support calculation in Colorado is parenting time. That means how many overnight’s a year does each parent have? That’s something that you’d have to agree on. Or if you couldn’t agree on it, a judge would have to make that determination.
So let’s just say you had 50 50 custody. That would be the each of you would have an equal number of overnights with the children. So that’s something else that people could argue about. How many overnight should one parent have? How many hours overnight should another parent have?
There are a number of other things that go into the formula, but they’re minor in comparison to the first two. If there are medical expenses for the child who’s paying for the medical insurance, child care expenses? So there are other things that go into the formula as well. Once that formula is determined, then the court will approve child support based on that formula. If you can’t agree on what goes into the formula, then again, it has to go to court for a judge to determine what actually are the facts that are going to go into the formula.
What is sole physical custody and Colorado child support?
Sole physical custody is defined as a child that lives with the custodial parent for 273 nights or more a year. Therefore, the non-custodial parent has 92 or fewer nights with the child sleeping over.
In cases of child support, it is assumed that the custodial parent pays there half of child support through caring for the child on a regular basis. The custodial parent’s obligation to take care of the child a majority of the time means they spend money on the child throughout the month.
What is Colorado child support used for?
Child support is intended to cover the cost of raising the child by the custodial parent. Items that child support payments should cover include clothing, food, housing, and other basic needs of the child. In cases of extraordinary costs, the mother and father are intended to divide the payment according to proportion of their combined monthly gross incomes.
Unfortunately, many parents argue over the amount of child supported needed. The non-custodial parent often feels aggrieved of the amount they pay. Often, they believe the custodial parent is not using the money appropriately to take care of the child. In contrast, the custodial parent, or receiving parent, doesn’t believe the money is enough and fails to cover the cost of raising the child.
In most cases, the custodial parent determines how child support is spent. Non-custodial parents can make the non-custodial parent more accountable for the money and how it is spent. They can ask the court to require the custodial parent to account for the money that is spent each month to prove it is going on the child.
Can you be punished for not paying CO child support?
In Colorado, a parent does not lose their rights to parent even if they miss child support payments. However, a parent may:
- Lose the right to request accounting for child support finances
- Lose tax exemption for their child
- Lose their driver’s license, income tax refund, and/or business license
- Be fined
- Be jailed
- Bank account seizure
- Withhold income
- Liens on property
- Negative impact on credit score
- Passport application denial
A custodial parent does not have the legal right to stop the non-custodial parent from seeing the child due to not paying child support. Parents must make their monthly child support payments on time and for the appropriate amount.
How long does a non-custodial parent have to pay Colorado child support?
A non-custodial parent pays child support in Colorado until the child reaches the age of 19. Child support payments may continue until the child is 21-years old depending on if he/she is still in high school. A child with physical and/or mental disabilities can continue to receive child support past the age of 21.
Changing the Colorado child support order
Parents can request a Colorado court to review their child support order. A judge can either modify the order to increase or decrease the amount of child support paid and received. Parents will be able to provide information during the court’s decision-making process.
The court will review the case and determine if there is a valid cause to alter the original child support order. In each case, the court will decide if it is in the child’s best interest to increase or decrease the amount. Child Support determinations are a standard process of Divorce in Colorado.
Fill in Colorado child support form
The Colorado petition for child support is the form required for Colorado residents seeking child support and / or custody of their children through the court. This petition must be filed in order to obtain a court order for child support in the state of Colorado.
The Colorado petition for child support form should be filed when two parties come to an agreement for the support of their children. Should support be contested, additional forms will need to be filed, along with additional court proceedings.
First, fill out the case caption information at the top of the form indicate the court where the case is being heard and the names of the petitioners. If represented by an attorney, they must provide their name and contact information supplied the case. No division and courtroom for parts one and two put the full information of both the petitioner and the petitioner of the child or children whom custody of is to be determined.
Supply a current address, phone number, email address and military status for each parent. Indicate the relationship of each petitioner to the children.
If the children have been involved in any previous court proceedings, list them in parts eight and nine. If any parties who are not petitioners have current custody of the children, they must be identified in part ten. You must use part eleven to state why child custody and child support should be granted.
If the parents or the children have received any benefits from the Department of Human Services, this must be stated in part twelve with the case number and contact information for each instance. If any restraining or protection orders have been granted for or against the named parties, they must be disclosed to the court in part thirteen. Complete the form by certifying the petition. With both parties providing their signatures and contact information, a notary is required to complete the form.
If you are looking to pay less child support in Colorado, you will find more information here in the child support loopholes page. If your ex is using dirty tricks to get out of paying child support, read the page on Colorado child support loopholes and you will find more information on what you can do to put a stop to it.
If you need to attend Colorado Family Court for your hearing you can find the Colorado Court List here.