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Child support is one of the most contentious issues to arise during a divorce or separation. The Colorado child support statute is complex and confusing and is based on a number of factors.

Like many states, Colorado has a system in place used to calculate child support. The amount is determined in part on the gross monthly income of each parent, as well as the number of overnights with each parent. The preliminary amount is calculated using the Colorado child support guidelines which results in a child support obligation which is considered to be a rebuttable presumption. This means unless good cause exists, the court will not deviate from these guidelines.

Other factors included in the child support calculation are health insurance premiums, extraordinary medical expenses and work or education related daycare costs. These costs must be taken into account and included in the Colorado child support guidelines when determining child support payments. It is important to work with an experienced family law attorney who understands all aspects of the Colorado child support guidelines. You need an attorney who works to ensure favorable results for you on these issues and sees that a final order is drafted that minimizes future conflict and confusion.

Despite having a system in place, there might be extenuating circumstances or issues that arise throughout the case that results in a dispute between the parents. A family law attorney experienced with child support issues and fully aware of how the legal system governs child support can help.

Modifying a Child Support Agreement

There are instances in which a modification can be made to an existing child support arrangement. When either spouse has a significant change in income, the child’s parenting time is changed substantially, or other costs change the current child support order should be reviewed to determine whether a modification is warranted. Regardless of whether you receive or provide child support, you need the support of an attorney to educate you regarding a potential modification of child support.

Are you in the midst of a dissolution of marriage or allocation of parental responsibilities action? Are you concerned decisions about child support could cause strife during the process? We can help. The Cline Law Firm advises clients regarding child support arrangements and modifications. We understand the well-being of your children is your most important priority during this process. We also know how difficult it can be for parents to work out a child support agreement that is fair and acceptable to everyone involved.

If you would like to schedule a free consultation or you have questions about child support, contact the Cline Law Firm at (303) 376-6269.

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