Colorado Springs Child Support Attorneys
Helping Our Clients Create Solid Payment Plans
Worried about getting adequate child support? Think you are paying too
much child support? Need to enforce a child support court order? Need
help collecting back child support? Our team of compassionate attorneys
at Knies, Helland & McPherson Law are here to help you get the support
that is lawfully yours and make sure the needs of your child are put first,
or to protect you from paying more support than is required.
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Child support is a court ordered payment established when two parents are
no longer living together. In most cases, support is based on several
factors; however, the specific responsibilities of each parent vary depending
on state law. Colorado functions based on the Colorado Child Support Guidelines.
The partners at Knies, Helland & McPherson will help you navigate
these guidelines and help you come up with a solution that is in the best
interest of your child.
What Is Child Support?
Child support is a form of payment intended to support and meet the needs
of the child(ren) if the parents are divorced, separated, or unmarried.
It is typically considered to be in the best interest of any child to
have the financial support of both parents. Likewise, it is typically
considered good public policy to require parents to effectively support
their children to keep them from becoming wards of the state or otherwise.
In many cases, child support is even ordered when the parent does not
have contact with the child(ren).
Support is paid by one parent or the other. Several factors are considered
by the Court in determining support amounts, including how much each parent
earns, how many nights per year the children spend with each parent, child
care expenses, medical insurance and other variables.
Child support is designed to cover costs for the necessities, including
food, clothing, and shelter.
Other expenses may still require contributions from the parents in addition
to any child support paid, such as:
- Medical care
- Uninsured medical expenses
- Educational fees and school supply costs
- Transportation and travel
- Extracurricular activities
- College expenses
How Does Colorado Calculate Support Payments?
Colorado Legislature outlines the specifics of child support in the Colorado
Child Support Guidelines. The guidelines allocate an equivalent share
of each parent’s income and resources to be given to the child.
The obligation of support is determined based on the income of both parents
as well as information regarding the amount that families that are intact
typically spend on care for their children each month. The parents still
share the support obligation based on their gross incomes. The amount
of support is also affected by the number of overnight stays the child
spends with the parent. Childcare, medical insurance, and uninsured medical
expenses are shared costs.
In most cases, the amount of support calculated using these guidelines
is considered appropriate unless one or both parents demonstrate a deviation.
If the noncustodial parent’s gross monthly income is between $900
and $1,900, he or she may qualify for a low-income adjustment. The team
members of Knies, Helland & McPherson Law can help you determine what
is fair based on Colorado legislation and your financial standing.
What Financial Assets Do the Court Count as Income?
The answer to this question may surprise you. Colorado includes unearned
income, such as certain disability and retirement payments as income.
If you work overtime or a second job, you may not have to count that as
income for calculating child support.
Speak with one of our top Colorado Springs family lawyers at Knies, Helland
& McPherson Law today to help you figure out what income to count
toward your child support calculation.
Can I Modify Support Payments?
If you hope to modify your current child support, you will need to prove
that a substantial change of circumstances has occurred since the original
order was issued. The change must result in a change of at least 10% in
the amount of child support owed. What courts determine as substantial
varies depending on state law, but the family law experts at our firm
can help you traverse those requirements. At any rate, the following may
be grounds for a modification:
- A change in your child’s medical needs
- An illness or disability of the paying parent
- A substantial change in either parent’s income
- A change in the child’s residence
How Do I Get the Paying Parent to Honor the Arrangement?
The Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984 provides a basis for enforcing
child support collection in accordance with the court order. The act provides
district attorneys to serve your ex-spouse or child’s parent with
papers. The papers provide instructions for meeting with the district
attorney to establish a payment arrangement. The papers also outline the
consequences of failing to pay, including imprisonment.
Before that step, the attorney will likely impose such consequences as:
- Withholding federal and state tax refunds
- Garnishing wages
- Seizing property
- Suspending an occupational license
- Suspending a business license
- Revoking the driver’s license
Regardless of the consequences imposed on the delinquent payer, the reality
is that you have options if you are not receiving due child support. At
Knies, Helland & McPherson Law, our firm focuses on family law and
can help you get any delinquent payments.
Can I Collect Delinquent Payments?
Under The Child Support Recovery Act, a willful failure to pay past due
financial support could garner the paying parent a charge of a Federal
misdemeanor. Additionally, an amendment to the act makes traveling in
interstate or foreign commerce to evade child support obligation or failing
to pay a child support obligation of $2,500 or more for a period of two
years or longer a felony.
Under this act, you can actively pursue child support owed you. Our attorneys
recognize the unique challenges you face providing for your child and
will work with you to make sure you get the financial support you need
to most effectively provide and care for your child.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Help with Child Support?
Every state has child support agencies designed to help parents establish
and enforce child support. It may be in your best interest, however, to
hire a knowledgeable, private lawyer, such as an attorney from Knies,
Helland & McPherson Law. This is of concern if you are not only dealing
with child support issues but also other problems involving your child
and his or her parent. It’s important to keep in mind that while
the federal and state mandated agencies can assist with support issues,
these agencies cannot help with any other issues, such as child custody,
or allocation of parental responsibilities, as it is termed in Colorado.
Contact Our Compassionate Team of Attorneys Today
Like any of the other legal concerns you may have about your children,
child support can quickly become a complicated and even heated issue.
Knowing your rights and working with an attorney who will keep your and
your child’s needs in mind will help you ensure you get the support you need.
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