Child Support

Denver Child Support Attorneys

In Colorado, child support is a right of the child. In a divorce, the amount of child support is determined by a formula under the state’s child support guidelines. Child support is payable every month until a child turns 19 or is emancipated.

At the Law Offices of W. Robert Montgomery in Denver, Colorado, our lawyers will make sure that the amount of child support you pay or receive is calculated accurately.

How Child Support Is Calculated in Colorado

The Colorado child support formula calculates the amount based on the income of the parties and other variables such as health insurance premiums, day care costs, the child’s primary residence and the number of overnight visits the child has with the noncustodial parent. A special calculation is required in the situation of split custody, where one parent has primary custody of one child and the other parent has primary custody of another child.

The Colorado child support formula is complex and driven by facts specific to your case. To avoid overpaying child support (or not receiving enough child support for your child) you will need the assistance of an attorney with experience in making the calculations.

It’s important to pay child support when it is due each month. Child support arrears accrue compound interest at the rate of 12 percent per month, and there are several methods available for the collection of back support.

Parents may request a modification of child support at any time they can show a substantial and continuing change in the financial circumstances of either party.

Learn more about modifications to child support.