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Colorado Child Support Factors

The court may order reasonable and necessary child support to be paid by either or both parents, without regard to marital fault, after considering the following factors: (1) the financial resources of the child; (2) the financial resources of the custodial parents; (3) the standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the marriage had not been dissolved; (4) the physical and emotional conditions and educational needs of the child; and (5) the financial resources, needs, and obligations of both the noncustodial and the custodial parent. Provisions for medical insurance and medical care for any children may be ordered to be provided. There are specific child support guidelines specified in the statute. In addition, standardized child support guideline forms are available from the Clerk of any District Court. Child support payments may be ordered to be paid through the Clerk of the Court. Child support must continue through high school graduation, unless certain factors are met. [Colorado Revised Statutes; Article 10, Sections 14-10-115 and 14-10-117].

Colorado child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate Colorado child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate Colorado child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about Colorado child support in the Colorado state statutes located at: http://198.187.128.12/colorado/.