When a parent is paying child support, one of the most important things to remember as the child begins to reach legal age for adulthood is when the payments will stop. This is also referred to as emancipation, meaning that the child can technically support him or herself. When the child is an adult, the child support payments will end.
Divorce can be difficult for couples in Colorado, but there are times when it is necessary. Along with a divorce will come other issues that must be navigated. One that often arises for discussion and disagreement is child support. For the parents, it is imperative that they understand how the best interests of the child are paramount.
Child support is known to be one of the key issues when a Colorado couple ends a relationship. It is rare that a parent does not want what is best for his or her child and ensuring that the child's needs are fulfilled with child support is part of that. However, there are often questions about child support guidelines, the reason for the amount that is ordered, and what factors are considered when the decision is made. Having a grasp of these issues is imperative whether it is an amicable case in which the parents are deciding on child support or there is a child support dispute.
As Colorado residents have recently paid their income taxes, many are eagerly anticipating receiving their tax refund. For some, this is an important aspect of their finances and they use the money for basic needs. However, if there is an issue with delinquent child support and the receiving parent has not gotten the necessary payments, a federal tax refund offset could lead to a person's tax refund being taken to pay the past due child support. There are important points about this that must be understood.
People who are obligated to pay child support in Colorado might not make their payments. This can come about for a variety of reasons. Regardless of why this is the case and unless they have taken steps to modify their child support order, they remain responsible for making their child support payments. If they fail to do so, they could face allegations of delinquent payments and face the consequences. One strategy that the state uses to get the payments is income related enforcement. There are several ways this can be done.
When there is a child support order in Colorado, the supporting parent is expected to pay it in full and on time. However, there are instances in which there is a failure to pay child support. When all other avenues in attempting to collect on the payments, the state will take certain steps to get what is owed from the supporting parent so the custodial parent and the child will have their financial needs met. One way that the state goes about getting these payments is through income assignment. Understanding income assignment is important for both the custodial parent and the supporting parent.
Child support is not a simple matter of the court determining the amount and the amount automatically being mandated and paid. There are various issues that must be handled such as differing circumstances warranting a deviation from the child support guidelines, what the Family Support Registry (FSR) does, and how long child support must be paid. Understanding these important factors is key to a case and should not be ignored by either party, the supporting parent and the receiving parent.
Many parents in Colorado might not realize that a child support order can be changed. A modification is often necessary when financial circumstances change.
We all get astounding when we see the estimated costs with raising a child. As a unit, parents think they might be able to tackle that amount, but separately is a different question. Because of this, parents often consider how to meet the financial needs of their children during dissolution. Child support is often requested and is sometimes considered essential to ensure that a child is well cared for in a two home family.
We recently discussed some ways Colorado Child Support Services (CSS) can act to make sure Longmont parents with custody of their children are receiving the support to which they are entitled. There is another type of action CSS can take though, which we will devote some additional time to discussing in detail. Here, we are talking about intercepts.