Child Support Guidelines
Colorado law has established child support guidelines which take into account the number of children, each parent’s gross income, the overnights each parent spends with the children, work-related day care costs, medical insurance costs attributable to the children, special medical needs of the children, and any maintenance/alimony paid by one spouse to the other parent.
There may be circumstances where one of the parents is voluntarily underemployed or unemployed, and it is important to address this issue when it arises. Although the courts must regard the child support guidelines in calculating child support, there may be some circumstances where the guidelines may not be followed. In these instances it’s important to have an experienced child support attorney offering legal counsel to help navigate the complexities of Colorado’s child support guidelines.
Colorado law has also established maintenance (alimony) guidelines based on the length of the spouses’ marriage and the spouses’ gross incomes. The issue of voluntary underemployment or voluntary unemployment may often be central.