Child Support & Modifications in Colorado
Calculating Child Support
The court calculates child support based on a variety of factors, including your gross monthly income, your former partner’s gross monthly income, any spousal support you pay or receive, any child support or maintenance from previous marriages, and costs of providing health care . If the child is young enough to require day care, the court considers those costs of childcare as well.
If your financial circumstances change significantly or any of these factors increase or decrease dramatically, the court will reconsider your circumstances and change your support order.
When Should I File to Adjust my Order?
Child support arrangements are official court orders, and failing to follow a child support order may result in legal consequences. However, life is full of uncertainty and change. If your circumstances change dramatically, your child support arrangement may be adjusted to compensate. If you lose your job and can no longer pay for child support, you can file for modification of child support through the court.
Your child support order can be modified more than once. In fact, you can file a modification request as often as needed. If you or your former spouse suffers a job loss or other financial hardship, you may request an adjustment immediately. There is no limit to how often your financial circumstances can change; thus, you can adjust your child support order as often as necessary. Your request will only be accepted if your change in circumstances is substantial, resulting in the child support order decreasing or increasing by at least 10 percent.
How to Change Your Child Support Order in Colorado
To change your support order, you may file a motion to modify your child's child support order with Child Support Enforcement in your county or with the court that ordered child support. You will be required to submit updated financial documentation to show that your circumstances have substantially changed.
This legal process can be made easier with the help of a qualified attorney. If you have questions about support modifications or are uncomfortable handling the motion alone, talk to an attorney from Feldmann Nagel Margulis today.
If the order you wish to modify was issued in a state outside of Colorado, you may need to file a request for modification through that state’s system. If your former spouse still lives in the state that the order was issued in, the motion should be filed there. If neither you nor your former spouse lives in the original state, the motion should be filed in the state that your former spouse lives in. If you have a case open with Child Support Enforcement, contact the unit in your county to determine where you should file.
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At Feldmann Nagel Margulis, we are dedicated to helping families resolve their legal issues. We have helped residents throughout the state of Colorado resolve complex family law problems and are ready to give your case the assistance it needs. If you have questions about child support or related litigation, talk to an attorney from Feldmann Nagel Margulis today.