Child Support Attorney

At Philip Goldberg PC, we work with clients on child support issues in Colorado. Whether you
need child support to care for your child or need to protect yourself from unnecessary child
support payments, we are here for you. We offer experienced, compassionate, and personalized service.

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Child Support in Colorado

Colorado courts may order a parent to pay child support in cases involving divorce, legal separation, paternity, parental responsibilities, and independent support proceedings. A court can award child support if the parents have joint custody or shared parenting time, or if one parent exercises sole parenting time.

The amount of child support awarded is based on the needs of the children, the time spent with each parent, the parent’s financial circumstances, and multiple other factors. The length of time a parent must pay child support usually depends the age of the child.

The paying parent can ask the court to reduce or terminate the child support obligation in some circumstances. If the court finds that one parent’s income has changed significantly since the original ruling, then the court can modify child support.

If you are facing a child support issue, contact us today. We help families navigate child support issues.

How Is Child Support Determined in Colorado?

As part of a child support order, the court usually determines the owed monthly amount using a specific formula.

The formula considers:

  • Each parent’s gross monthly income

  • The number of nights the child spends with each parent during the year

  • Child care costs
  • Healthcare costs

  • Any income earned by the child

  • Any extraordinary expenses incurred for the child

  • Other relevant factors

Child support often goes to the parent where the child lives most of the time.

Courts may deviate from the child support guidelines if application of the guidelines would be inequitable, unjust, or inappropriate. The court must explain the reasons for the deviation.

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How Does the Court Determine the Duration of Child Support?

Generally, a child support order lasts until the child reaches age 19 unless the child gets married, enters active military duty before age 19, or otherwise emancipates. The court may continue support beyond age 19 if the child is still in high school or an equivalent program. Also, the court may extend support if the child has a mental or physical disability where they cannot independently care for themselves.

Child Support FAQs

Usually yes. If the parent is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed, the court may calculate child support based upon that parent’s potential income. In other words, a parent cannot get out of paying child support by refusing to work.

The court does not typically consider a parent voluntarily unemployed if they are physically or mentally incapacitated, caring for a child under age 30 months, or incarcerated for one year or more.

Also, the court does not usually consider it voluntary underemployment if they are changing careers in good faith or obtaining additional education as long as the child receives reasonable support during this process.

The court may order either or both parents to purchase medical insurance or include the child on existing health insurance.

A parent who has not paid the total amount of court-ordered child support in any tax year cannot claim the child as a dependent for that tax year.

No. Colorado law does not require the parent receiving child support to provide the paying parent information about spending. However, child support intends to cover the basic needs of the child. If you have concerns about the child’s basic needs, contact our law office. We can review the case details and help you determine what action to take.

When a parent refuses to pay child support, Colorado law provides child support enforcement mechanisms to assist the recipient in collecting delinquent payments and ensuring receipt of future payments.

Income Assignment – The court orders the payer’s employer to direct payments directly to the recipient.

Contempt Proceedings – Colorado law provides remedial and punitive sanctions. With remedial sanctions, the payer cures the sanctions by complying with the child support order. Punitive sanctions require the payer to serve out the court ordered punishment.

Judgment Remedies – Periodic child support payments become final judgments when left unpaid after the due date. The judgment gives the recipient the right to 12% interest on the past due payment as well as the potential to have the sheriff seize the payer’s property to satisfy the debt.

Security – The recipient may request the court to order that the payer post security, bond, or other form of guarantee to secure payment of child support.

Liens – In cases where a family is receiving or has received benefits under Title IV-D of the federal Social Security Act, an automatic lien goes against the obligor’s real and personal property that the child support enforcement agency has determined has a net equity value of at least $5,000.

Additional Remedies – The child support enforcement agencies work to protect the recipient’s right to receive child support. They may intercept funds from a variety of sources. The court works to ensure the payer meets the obligations of the child support order.

Child Support Family Law Attorney

Philip Goldberg PC is a family law attorney serving clients in the Denver Metro area. He has vast experience working on cases involving child support and child custody. With extensive legal knowledge and a focus on compassion, he works to achieve outcomes that meet the needs of his clients and their children.

Contact our office to schedule a consultation to discuss your family law issue.