Colorado Child Custody & Colorado Child Support

When two parents are involved in divorce, Colorado courts echo family courts across the nation in pushing for a cooperative agreement on bringing up the children. If parents fail to agree on arrangements, Colorado courts will step in and decide issues of custody, visitation, and child support payments, all the while acting as an advocate for the best interests of the children. The following headings provide information on laws governing Colorado child custody and Colorado child support.

Colorado Child Custody:

In adjudicating child custody claims, Colorado courts will place lessening the emotional impact on children of divorcing parents above all else. If the parents cannot agree on a plan for custody, the courts will decide what is best for the children and will weigh heavily in consideration the willingness of one parent to encourage a relationship between the children and the other parent. Courts will also take into account any history of violence or abusive conduct of any parent.

Colorado Child Support:

Child support in Colorado is determined in accordance with the Income Shares Model for child support, where each parent's income is considered in relative proportion. The support amounts calculated from each parent then help decide which parent must pay the other in order to maintain the correct proportion and provide for the needs of the child.

These guidelines are not always followed, but a decision to follow a different standard will require supportive evidence showing 1) all the factors that affect the parties financial obligations differently, and 2) how applying a standard other than the Income Shares Model will more effectively preserve the best interests of the child.

The factors that can be considered here are numerous, including, but not limited to:

Monetary support provided for other family members, debts arising during the marriage for the child's benefit, imputed income to a party who is voluntarily unemployed for the child's benefit, court-ordered payments for health care and education, for the child's benefit, children's independent financial resources (if any), education, training, and/or career opportunities of the parties and/or ability to pursue those things, and/or a written agreement between the parties including the amount of child support (if one exists).

Also, see Colorado Divorce Laws & Resourcesfor child support enforcement resources.

Remember that a lawyer can help you evaluate and organize your responsibilities and rights as a divorced parent. A lawyer will also serve as your advocate and/or counsel during negotiations of a parenting agreement over childrearing after the divorce. You can find a lawyer at:

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