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When parents in Colorado divorce, they may be worried about the process of negotiating child support. Unfortunately, media depictions of adversarial divorces may be the cause of this concern. While court battles between a divorcing couple may attract public interest, the reality is that many parents can amicably negotiate child support payments between themselves.

Why DNA tests matter in a child support case

Colorado residents who are seeking child support may need to establish paternity. This is true if the alleged father of the child was not married to the mother at the time of conception or birth. In most cases, DNA tests are used to establish paternity because of their high degree of accuracy. Tests are generally conducted by taking cells from the inside of a person's cheek.

Dealing with people who try to avoid child support obligations

Noncustodial parents in Colorado and throughout the country may try to use a tactic called voluntary impoverishment to avoid paying child support. This may involve a person failing to hold a job or taking jobs that don't maximize his or her earning potential. If someone has a formal child support order in place, authorities can take steps to impute the noncustodial parent's income. This means that he or she will be ordered to pay child support based on a projected annual income.

How to locate a missing noncustodial parent

In Colorado and across the United States, failure to pay child support becomes an issue when it is difficult to find the supporting parent. It is important to ascertain the noncustodial parent's physical address, and locating the noncustodial parent involves research via various documents. Providing information to the county Child Support Enforcement Unit can help locate a missing parent. For instance, CSEU employees will want to know the noncustodial parent's first, middle and last name and all previous names.

Child support modifications after parental disability

When a parent in Colorado becomes disabled due to an accident, injury or illness, it can have a substantial impact on all areas of life. Noncustodial parents with disabilities could face particular challenges making child support payments. In general, child support court orders are based on a standard formula that takes into account the parents' income and planned earnings.

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