Ensuring A Fair Child Support Award

Danielsen Westhoff, PCChild support comes up often, sometimes even after you have an order awarding a child support amount. Child support in Colorado is calculated according to a statutory formula.

The Broomfield-based attorneys at Danielsen Westhoff, PC have represented married and unmarried clients with child support issues across Jefferson County. Whether you are a parent receiving or paying child support, we will guide you and ensure that the child support amount is accurate.

What Goes Into The Child Support Formula?

The formula focuses on the parties' gross monthly income and number of overnights spent with the child as detailed in the parenting plan. It also takes into consideration the other routine expenses associated with raising a child including health insurance expenses and child care expenses.

This sounds simple, but there are some common things that can cause problems, including:

  • Simple math errors or inputting the wrong number
  • Failing to properly account for credits related to other children, alimony payments, health insurance or day care costs
  • Not including income from all sources (this is broader than the definition of income for tax purposes and can be difficult to calculate for a business owner or day laborer)

Circumstances change that directly impact the amount of child support owed, including but not limited to, a child turning 18, job loss, or significant increases in health insurance expenses. Child support needs to be revisited periodically and sometimes modified to ensure that the amount originally awarded is accurate.

Get An Accurate Child Support Award

An incorrect income number or the failure to consider insurance, can be a costly mistake. Seeking modifications is often difficult, so make sure that everything put into the child support formula is correct.

If you have concerns about child support issue, call 720-739-7835 or send us a message to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable family law attorneys.