The Colorado court system uses child support guidelines to determine the amount of child support payments. The child support guidelines are generally strict and enforced. However, it is possible to vary from the guidelines–provided certain conditions are met and both parties are in agreement. The Springsteen Law Firm represents divorcing parents who are concerned about child support payments. Parents on both sides of the issue–non-custodial and custodial parent–can be concerned about the amount. The firm strives to meet favorable outcomes to the amounts on clients’ behalf.
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Determining the Amount of Child Support
While it is possible to deviate from the support payments determined by the guidelines, the guidelines are used as a starting point. Stipulations are made in the best interest of the children. The following are several factors that are used in the formula to determine the amount of support:
Number of children
High-earner’s net monthly disposable income
Time of physical custody of children
Health insurance premiums
Special medical needs of children
Travel expenses for visitation
It is important to remember that child support payments are designated to provide for the needs of the children. In issues of children and divorce, it may be tempting for some parties to use the children as bargaining tools. The child support guidelines ensure each party’s primary obligation is to the children involved in the divorce. In addition to helping clients during the divorce process, the firm represents clients who are facing post-decree issues. These can arise because of the need to change a payment amount or enforce a payment order.
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