Divorcing couples in Colorado, as well as couples who have never been married, oftentimes run into one of the most controversial family law issues in court: child support orders. Most parents love their children and want what is best for them, but the idea of paying money to the other parent after a relationship has ended may result in feelings of resentment and resistance. That is why it is so important to make sure that the final child support order that is issued by the court is fair.

Fortunately, family law judges don’t need to “shoot from the hip” when it comes to determining what, in fact, is fair. There are guidelines to follow that can help family law judges in Colorado determine a fair amount to order for child support. A variety of factors go into the formula in question, including how much each respective parent earns in income and the potential “payor” parent’s ability to pay child support in the first place. The child’s needs are also paramount.

In many situations, it is best for the parents to work out an agreement out-of-court when it comes to child support, including the amount and how often it will be paid. However, any agreement is subject to the review and approval of the family law court. If the agreement isn’t fair, the court may not approve the agreement.

At our law firm, we work with parents in Colorado who are doing their best to arrive at a fair result when it comes to child support orders. While children obviously need the support of both parents in an ideal situation, sometimes parents who have ended their relationship with one another may not always keep the best interests of their child in mind as they fight over the bitter and contentious feelings they have from the ended relationship. We work with our clients to help maintain focus on fair results. For more information, please visit the child support overview section of our law firm’s website.