How is Child Support Calculated?
Child support in Colorado is calculated pursuant to a formula, set forth in Colorado Revised Statutes §14-10-115. Support is calculated based on the gross income of each parent and the number of overnights each parent spends with the children. There are other expenses that are factored in including daycare and health insurance premiums. The amounts paid by either parent are added into the calculation and split in proportion to the parents’ gross income.
The Colorado State Judicial Department provides a free Excel spreadsheet that you can use to estimate child support in your case (requires Microsoft Excel).
Although Colorado Child Support is calculated using a set formula, certain inputs into the formula can be confusing and complicated. For example, a Court may impute (infer) income to a voluntarily underemployed parent or give deductions for non-joint children. So, even if the other party is unemployed, the Court may determine the amount they could be earning. Attorney representation in these matters ensures that someone is advocating for you and that all appropriate factors are considered when calculating child support in your case .
The attorneys at the 303 Law Center, PC have 14 years of experience handling hundreds of cases involving child support. We have a great deal of experience dealing with child support enforcement offices and have successfully modified child support for many clients over the years.
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