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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.

Intercepts and child support enforcement in Colorado

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.

How is child support calculated in Colorado?

Child support payments are not a penalty imposed on parents who do not have physical custody of their kids. In fact, child support payments are an opportunity for custodial and noncustodial parents alike to provide their kids with the support they require to thrive and live successful, happy lives in the wake of their parents' separations and divorces. This post will generally discuss how child support is calculated in Colorado but readers are cautioned to seek their own legal advice on matters relating to their specific family law questions.

We help parents secure child support for their kids

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.

Does child support include paying for college education?

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.

Can I ask for more child support for my child's medical needs?

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 obligations can end in diverse ways

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.

To what costs may child support payments be applied?

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.

How can a Colorado parent make child support payments?

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.