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When It Comes to Child Support

When a family with children goes through a divorce or legal separation, the needs of the children must continue to be met. These considerations are equally applicable to parents who are not married but have decided to end their relationship. At Pesch Law Office PC, we understand the importance of addressing child support and other child related expenses to provide the best possible situation for children of divorced, separated, or unmarried parents.

Child Support Considerations in Colorado

The law regarding child support in Colorado is intended to minimize the financial effect of a divorce or separation on the child. As such, the state maintains guidelines for calculating child support obligations which starts with a formula. Both parents are financially obligated to care for the children. The formula presumes that the child or children are entitled to a percentage of the parents' combined gross income This amount is then divided between the parents per the formula which includes consideration of a number of factors including:

  • Each parent's income from all sources, including employment, investment income, self-employment
  • The amount of parenting time allocated to each parent;
  • The allocation of other child related expenses including dependent health insurance, private school, day care, etc.; and
  • Any special physical and emotional needs of the child.

The court, however, maintains the discretion to deviate from the statutory formula upon consideration of the individual circumstances and the court will make a finding as to the reason for the deviation.

Payment of Support

After the final order for child support is entered, the payment is made through the Family Support Registry (FSR) – a clearinghouse or record keeper of the payments. The sum due is withheld from that parent's paycheck and paid through the FSR to the other parent with 24 hours of receipt. If the parties agree to a direct pay, they will be responsible for maintaining their own records.

An agreement between the parties can also provide for the allocation of other child related expenses, including child care, school registration fees, the cost of driver's insurance when age appropriate, uncovered medical bills, travel costs, and the like. Said expenses are usually divided in proportion to the parents' income after including any maintenance obligation.

Finding the Help You Need

For more than 25 years, Attorney Susan Marie Pesch has been representing clients in proceedings related to child support. She understands that while your child's best interests is your top priority, your financial security is important. If you are looking to establish or modify a support order, our experienced team is ready to help you. With our knowledge of the law and our experience as skilled litigators and negotiators, we are equipped to guide you as you develop a support order.

If you would like to learn more about new child support orders or order modifications to existing child support orders in Colorado, contact Pesch Law Office PC today. Call 303-567-7922 to schedule a confidential consultation with an experienced family law attorney. Our firm is proud to serve the Denver metro area including Denver County, Arapahoe County, Adams County, Jefferson County, Douglas County, and Broomfield County.

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