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.
It goes without saying that when a court issues an order, the subject of that order is legally bound to abide by it. Yet, significant sums of court-ordered child support go unpaid every year.
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.
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.