Each state has set guidelines to ensure adequate financial and emotional support for children. In Colorado, the guidelines are intended to provide the same level of support the children would enjoy if the parents’ marriage remained intact. The guidelines can be complicated and disputes over child support arise frequently.
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Child support is a financial payment, generally awarded in a dollar amount to be paid by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent.
Parents have the option of negotiating and agreeing on child support payments on their own, outside of court. Their agreed payment must fall in line with the state’s child support guidelines and be approved by a judge. If parents cannot come to an agreement about child support, the court will determine payments for them.
Child support payments are intended to cover:
- Child care
- Educational expenses
- Medical expenses
- Health insurance
- Travel expenses
When determining child support payments, the court considers factors such as:
- Each parent’s income and financial resources
- The physical, emotional, and educational needs of the child
- The standard of living the child enjoyed before the parents’ divorce
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In Colorado, the total gross income of both parents is calculated. This includes income from primary employment, a second job, public assistance, a retirement plan, and any other sources. A percentage of the total gross income of both parents is calculated and a percentage is taken for child support. This percentage is about 20% for the first child and another 10% for each additional child. This amount is split between the parents.
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