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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.

Child support issues for self-employed and stay-at-home parents

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.

Can licenses be suspended for failure to pay child support?

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.

How can a child support order be changed in Colorado?

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.

Charlie Sheen, exes agree to reduction in child support payments

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.

Challenges with the child support program

Parents in Colorado and other states across the nation base many of their decisions on the best interests of their children, whether it is a major or minor life event. However, when it comes to the financial needs of a child, a parent will often work endlessly to ensure that these needs are met. This is especially true during and after a divorce. While a divorce order might detail a certain amount owed to a custodial parent, if the noncustodial parent fails to pay child support, this presents challenges for everyone involved.

Guiding parents through child support issues

Parents in Colorado and elsewhere are always looking out for the best interests of their child. While this is more easily achieved when parents are together, acting as a unit to care for their child or children during a divorce can also help the divorce process. This is especially true if one parent, following dissolution, cannot meet the financial needs of the child on his or her own. Thus, it is likely that parent will seek child support from the other parent.

What are the Colorado child support guidelines?

Whenever a court is called upon to devise or approve a child support plan, it takes the best interests of the child into account. In Colorado, courts use the child support guidelines -- written into state law -- to assist with making this determination. Each child support situation is different, thus, a blog post, such as this one, cannot give a definitive answer to the question of how much child support a parent may be asked to pay or receive. Still, the guidelines are generally applicable, and parents may find it helpful to have a 10,000 foot view of how they work.

New Colorado law affects child support requirements

One of the leading ways resources are provided to single parents and divorced parents in Colorado is the child support program. Noncustodial parents are expected to meet any child support obligation they may have. Custodial parents, on the other hand, have usually been expected to apply for child support benefits when they apply for government-funded programs. A recent change in Colorado law means that this requirement doesn't always apply to everyone, however.