Douglas County Child Support Attorney
Protecting the Best Interests of Your Child
Child support is one of the most contentious issues in a divorce case. While divorce can help relieve you of the financial burden of two households, it can also make you responsible for supporting two households. This can be a significant amount of money, especially in Douglas County, Colorado, where the cost of living is high. Child support can be a major source of stress and worry in a divorce, but with a skilled child support attorney on your side, you can feel confident that your child's needs and interests will be protected.
What Is Child Support?
Child support is an amount of money that one parent pays to the other parent to help support their child or children. This amount is based on the parents' incomes and the number of children they have.
Colorado recognizes the best interests of the children as the primary concern in a divorce. This means that the court will make decisions that are in the children's best interests, even if it means the children will spend more time with the parent who earns less.
How Is Child Support Calculated in Colorado?
Colorado uses a specific formula to calculate the amount of child support that one parent pays to the other, based on the parents' incomes and the number of children they have.
The Douglas County child support formula includes the following.
- Income of each parent
- The number of children
- Tax consequences to both parents
- Extraordinary medical, dental, or education expenses
Colorado courts presume that the amount of child support is in the best interest of the child, and the parent who has been receiving the child support does not have to prove its necessity. The parent who pays the child support does not have to prove that the child needs the specific items purchased either.
How Long Does Child Support Last?
In Colorado, child support ends when the child turns 18, graduates high school, or turns 19, whichever comes last. However, if the child is still enrolled in high school and is 18 or younger, then the child support will extend until the child turns 19.
Can I Get a Modification to My Child Support Order?
As with any other divorce-related issue, the court will review any significant changes in either parent's financial situation to determine if a modification to the child support order is necessary. If a parent's income has decreased or increased significantly, then the court may review the child support order.
What If My Child Is Not Living With Me?
In Colorado, the parent who has physical custody of the child has the right to claim the child support from the other parent. However, if the child is not living with the parent who has the legal custody, then the parent with custody can ask the court to direct the child support to a bank account designated by the parent with the child.
Contact Our Douglas County Child Support Attorney
At Knies, Helland & McPherson, we understand how important your children are to your future happiness and well-being. We will work hard to fight for your parental rights and your children's financial security. Our skilled Douglas County child support attorneys can help you navigate the complex Colorado child support system to get you the best outcome.
Thank you guys for everythingColin B.
"She was meticulous and fought incredibly hard for me. Her staff is top-notch."Patrick
"I have had prior cases with these amazing lawyers and know they are honest in their approach and work ethic."Christopher N.
The partners and attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson are seasoned litigators with decades of combined courtroom experience. We help clients transition into the next phase of their life.
Clients Come FirstOur Attorneys believe you can part ways with a loved one with dignity and respect, without harming your children. They also believe divorce and mediation can be much less confrontational and toxic, and far less expensive.
Personalized ServiceWhen you work with our team, you will get a customized plan that best fits your unique situation. No two cases are the same and our attorneys understand this.
Team OrientedAs Mothers and friends, our approach is unique in that we work collectively as a team. Our firm's number one priority is the success of our clients. We strongly believe that the best outcomes come about when we collaborate.