Raising a child in Colorado is expensive. Aside from meeting a child's basic needs by keeping a roof over their head, food on their plates and clothing on their bodies, parents must make sure their children have what they need to be successful in school and the other activities they participate in. For parents of children who are not yet of school age, finding and securing adequate child care can be a great expense that is necessary so that the parent may work.
Parents do not want their divorces to derail their children's dreams, and neither do the courts. For this reason, the best interests of the children are given incredible weight when matters, such as custody and child support, come up during Colorado divorces. A parent, who does not have physical custody of their child, often is required to pay support for the maintenance and care of that youth. And, they may have questions regarding just what that money may be used.
Some insurance plans cover all of a child's regular medical costs, such as those associated with well-child visits and normal medical care. However, when a Colorado child suffers an unexpected illness or injury, they may have to see a doctor or medical specialist outside of routine appointments. These extraordinary costs may be uninsured or result in expenses that the child's insurance plan does not cover.
Child support is an important way that a noncustodial parent may provide for their children. In Colorado, child support is imposed through agreements and orders set forth by family courts. Many support agreements and orders include provisions regarding how the paying parent's obligation will eventually end, though this post will discuss in general some of the means by which a parent may be relieved of their child support mandate.
In its Expenditures on Children by Families report, the United States Department of Agriculture estimated that it costs more than $230,000 for the average American family to raise a child from birth to adulthood. Though Colorado families may spend more or less than that figure depending upon the needs of the children, the overall price tag of providing care for a child is overwhelming. When parents' divorce the costs of raising kids must be covered by the custodial parent's contributions as well as the noncustodial parent's child support obligation.
Quite a few children in Boulder County depend on child support payments to cover everyday expenses such as food, clothing and school supplies. Everyone knows that child support payments should be made. What isn't so well-known is exactly how a child support payment can be made. This blog post will deal with this important topic.
There are many different issues that will need to be addressed in almost every Colorado divorce, such as property division, alimony and child custody. Any issue in a divorce has the potential to get contentious, but among all of the possibilities, it is child support disputes that can come with the most rancor. A child support order is usually a long-term financial commitment, which means a party that is ordered to pay child support will attempt to fight to keep the ordered amount as low as possible.
When a parent is ordered to pay child support in Colorado and does not do so, there are certain penalties that the state can assess to make certain that the payments are made. Some of these penalties can make it exceedingly difficult to function in both their work world as well as their leisure activities. For example, the tactic of suspending or denying licenses can be effective to compel those who are either not paying child support due to a lack of funds or are not paying as a strategy in a child support dispute to make the payments or try to negotiate for a change in the order. The failure to pay child support is taken seriously and those who are not receiving what they are supposed to need to understand that this is an alternative to get what is owed.
When one parent in Colorado is ordered to pay child support to the other parent, it might seem as if the amount is set in stone and cannot be changed. This, however, is not the case. It is possible to change a child support order. Understanding the criteria for this is important for both sides to avoid a child support dispute and adhere to the foundation of the support order: the best interests of the child. Either the supporting parent or the parent receiving support can ask for the order to be reviewed and changed. The reason for this must be linked to a substantial and continuing change in circumstances.
While parents in Boulder County may prioritize the paying of child support amounts owed, the periodic amounts themselves are not always set in stone. This is because the overarching principle in setting child support payments is the best interest of the child. There are situations that might result in a change in periodic child support payments.