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Many men today are too poor to pay child support

For the last two decades the image of the "deadbeat dad" - a father who has the income to pay child support but refuses to do so - has dominated public policy discussions regarding child support in Colorado and around the country. A crackdown on those fathers has largely worked, according to advocates who want to change the child support system. The problem now is that nationwide there are large numbers of men who simply don't have the money to pay child support.

Can a child support agreement be modified in Colorado?

When a divorced or unmarried couple in Colorado shares a child, it is likely that one parent will have custody with the other parent paying child support. This can result in a child support dispute, with both sides having trouble coming to a consensus on the amount that is paid plus numerous other issues. Child support guidelines are in place to provide a roadmap as to how this will be dealt with, but oftentimes circumstances arise in which a supporting parent or a receiving parent would like to have the agreement modified.

Stevie Wonder to pay $25,000 a month in child support

In this blog we occasionally discuss celebrity divorce stories, on the theory that what celebrities go through in the divorce process is not that different from the experiences of ordinary Colorado citizens dealing with the end of a marriage. The difference, of course, is that when it comes to property division, alimony and child support, the numbers tend to be bigger in a celebrity divorce.

Parents should understand their rights regarding child support

Raising a child today is expensive. In addition to every day expenses like day care, clothes and groceries, there are expenses for health insurance, medical and dental care, school, sports and extracurricular activities. Colorado courts will always look to the best interests of the child when making decisions regarding child support. But parents also have rights under Colorado law, and it is important that divorced and single parents understand those rights.

Colorado's child support guidelines: the income shares model

One of the most basic responsibilities of parenthood is the obligation to support the child financially. In Colorado this obligation generally continues until the child reaches the age of 19. It does not stop when the parents divorce, even if the child is living with the other parent.

How is paternity established in Colorado?

Determining the identity of a child's father is important for a number of reasons. Children need a sense of identity, and knowing who their parents are is important to their emotional well-being. It is also important to know who a child's father is for medical reasons, because the child may have inherited some medical issues from the father. The child may also be eligible for health insurance through the father's employer. Paternity will also establish the child's right to inherit from the father upon his death.

Boulder County tests softer approach to child support enforcement

Traditional child support enforcement, in Colorado and other states, imposes harsh penalties on parents who fail to meet their monthly payment obligations. Those parents have been labeled as deadbeats, had driver's and professional licenses suspended, and even been incarcerated for failure to pay child support.

Experienced counsel for child support enforcement cases

When parents divorce, child support is one of the most critical issues that must be resolved. Unfortunately, obtaining an order that sets out the child support obligation is often only the beginning of a long and arduous legal fight.

What can I do if I am unable to make my child support payments?

Child support obligations in Colorado are based on presumptive guidelines which take into account each parent's gross monthly income. Sometimes, however, a change in circumstances such as job loss or serious illness makes it impossible for a parent to keep up with the payments.