Arvada Child Support Lawyer
Experienced Child Support Attorneys Fighting for Arvada Families
Parents want the best for their children. Parents going through a divorce or custody battle are often in a tough situation in that they not only need to determine proper custody arrangements, but also need to make sure that their children receive the appropriate financial support they deserve. The Arvada child support lawyers at Plog & Stein, P.C. have decades of experience helping families with their child support needs. We know the full particulars of the often confusing child support process in Colorado and will work diligently for your rights in your family law case, no matter what side of the child support equation you are on. If you have questions about your child support calculation or feel like a modification of your current child support payments is in order, don’t wait to speak with an experienced member of our team.
Child Support Guidelines and Responsibilities in Arvada
As you have likely already learned, child support in Colorado is determined by a legislative formula that may seem fairly straightforward. What you may not realize is that while the formula is a clear-cut mathematical equation, the numbers that go into that equation can become murky. Commonly, the parent who does not have primary residential custody is the one paying child support to the other parent, but the amount of time a child spends with the non-custodial parent is a factor too. However, depending on the parents’ incomes and other financial figures, there can be situations in which support is paid by the primary custodian or one parent in a case in which parties share equal (50/50) parenting time. Each case is different and proper application of both the law and the facts matters.
Up to now, the concrete rule when dealing with child support has been that child support for the paying parent can start to go incrementally down based on the number of overnights per year they have above 92. However, starting in 2017, Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 14-10-115(8)(e) covering deviations from the child support guidelines has been amended to allow family law courts to consider whether one of the parents spends substantially more time with a child during daytime hours. Therefore, the number of overnight stays being input into the equation may not be weighed as heavily if one parent spends a significant amount of daytime visitation with the child or children outside of overnight stays.
The key to understanding your child support rights and responsibilities is knowing that the sole purpose for child support is to provide adequate financial support to the children. Period. Child support is meant for the children only. As such, most courts take the position that they are bound to follow the C.R.S.14-10-115 guidelines, absent compelling circumstances. Courts are also keenly aware of the battles that can arise tied into people seeking more or less parenting time for purposes of affecting child support. Courts generally frown on people engaging in this dynamic, though family law attorneys in Denver see it quite often.
Beyond making sure child support is calculated correctly, there are other situations in which help from the child support attorneys at Plog & Stein, P.C. may be needed. When the payer parent refuses to pay, we can assist with wage garnishments, contempt of court, or other enforcement remedies. You may also find yourself in a situation in which you are owed back child support and need to take measures in order to collect it. We can assist with support judgments, including statutory interest, which accrues at the rate of 12% per year, compounded monthly on each payment. When issue like these arise, you should speak with a seasoned child support attorney who can weigh your options and advise you on the best course of action to take.
Primary numbers going into your support equation are the incomes of each party, the number of children, the number of overnight stays with the non-custodial parent, and other costs of raising a child in Arvada, like health insurance premiums and work related day care. Over the years, these numbers can change drastically and child support could be modified several times before a child reaches 19 years of age. At Plog & Stein, P.C., our attorneys strive to make sure our clients are aware of their rights and options when dealing with their Arvada child support cases. Let us help you!
A Team Tirelessly Working to Pursue Your Child Support Objectives
Call us at 303-781-0322 or contact us online to set up an appointment to discuss your child support situation with a member of our team. We also represent people who need a child custody attorney or assistance in other family law matters in Lakewood, Golden, Westminster, and Broomfield, as well as other areas of Jefferson, Adams, Denver, Boulder, and Arapahoe Counties.