A contentious issue in many Colorado divorces is the amount of child support that is paid. The dispute can come from the perspective of the custodial or the noncustodial parent. No parent will want to deprive a child of what he or she needs to live a comfortable life and have all the items necessary to serve the best interests. However, there are situations where the amount ordered is no longer fair. To achieve the modification or to prevent a change, having legal help is a must.
Perhaps there was job loss. Or maybe the other parent is earning more than they did at the time of the divorce. In many circumstances, modifications can be made. When an order is made, it will generally be based on the state’s child support guidelines. This is linked to a variety of basic issues. These can change as time passes and there could be a request on the part of one of the parties to have a child support modification.
If there is a substantial and continuing change in the financial situation of one or both parties, there can be a modification. There are certain factors that must be in place for the child support to be modified. When the decision on the amount is made, it is not set in stone. The change from the time of the order to the request cannot be less than a 10 percent change in how much is due per month. These are critical considerations when the modification request is made.
For people who are seeking a child support modification or are challenging a request for a modification, having legal advice is a key to getting a successful resolution. Calling a law firm that understands child support, financial needs and the child support guidelines should be the first step in any case.