Northern Colorado Child Support Attorneys Protect Your Child’s Well-Being and Future
Impassioned advocacy from an experienced Fort Collins family law firm
The divorce process is already a painful experience and added anxiety about your child’s financial well-being further complicates it. At Shufflebarger Law Office, we understand the difficulties associated with establishing and enforcing child support orders. Our primary goal is to protect your child’s best interests and ensure that you have the support you need to sustain a positive future.
Establishing child support orders through negotiation and mediation avoids costly litigation
The primary consideration for child support orders is to protect the best interests of the child at the center of the order. Child support arrangements do not need to be a contested issue if both parents are willing to communicate and cooperate. Mediation provides a confidential and open avenue for both parties to discuss and resolve issues with the assistance of a neutral mediator. Marital separation agreements that include provisions for child support that adhere to at least the minimum guidelines established by the court allow parties to avoid costly and protracted litigation.
In the event that you are unable to reach a child support agreement through mediation, our attorneys are ready to litigate your case to the fullest extent to ensure that you and your child have the financial stability you deserve.
Understanding Colorado’s Child Support Guidelines
Under Colorado law, the established Child Support Guidelines dictate a minimum level of support based on each parent’s gross monthly income and the number of children subject to the order. To derive monthly gross income, the court considers income from nearly all sources including:
- Salary and wages, including tips
- Payments received for services and labor provided as an independent contractor
- Social Security benefits
- Workers’ compensation benefits
- Disability benefits
- Income from business holdings
Calculation of child support amounts is also influenced by the number of overnight visits each parent has with the child. If the parents’ combined monthly gross income is less than $1,100, the court may allow for a low income adjustment to the guidelines.
Modifying and enforcing existing child support orders
Once a child support order is established, each parent is required to adhere to the provisions and terms. Failing to make timely and full child support payments may lead to contempt charges and automatic income withholding. There are strict laws in place to protect your rights and enforce support obligations.
If either parent experiences a substantial and continuing change in circumstances, the court may allow modifications to an existing child support order. Situations that may require a modification include a change in either parent’s earning ability or a child’s financial needs and expenses.
Trust a team of responsive Fort Collins child support attorneys to guide you to a favorable resolution
For answers to all your child support questions and concerns, call 970-232-9732 or send an email today. Our office is conveniently located in Fort Collins, and we serve clients throughout northern Colorado.