When divorce happens and there are children involved, the topic of child support is an issue that needs to be addressed. In Colorado, many people have questions about how child support is calculated, how it is paid, when it is due and more.
In an effort to provide the latest updated information here regarding Colorado child support issues, we have compiled a number of frequently asked questions related to child support and will update as needed.
Full Colorado Revised Statutes can be found here:
See Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 14, Article 10, Section 115
Child Support Frequently Asked Questions
Many times our Denver family law experts are asked various questions related to child support and the Colorado child support laws. The most popular frequently asked question is “how is child support determined?” but there are many other questions on this topic as well.
How is child support determined?
In Colorado, the child support calculation is determined based on a number of different factors. The main factors include the income of each parent, the number of nights . The primary ones are the incomes of each party, the number of children, the number of overnights (if over 93 per year) for the non-custodial parent, day care (if any), and health insurance costs for the children.
Once The factors have been identified and agreed upon, the numbers are input into a computer formula that calculates the amount of monthly child support (if any) that one spouse will be obligated to pay. The software used by attorneys is based on a formula and child support table set forth in C.R.S. 14-10-115. Generally speaking, the child support calculation is not based on property or expenses – it is based on what the Colorado legislature has determined is the amount needed to raise a child.