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How To Calculate How Much Child Support I’ll Get

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How To Calculate How Much Child Support I'll Get

It is normal to feel nervous while you’re waiting for your divorce to be finalized. There are so many big life changes that you won’t be able to control – at least not completely.


How is your marital property going to be distributed? Will you be able to spend as much time with your kids as you’d like? What about alimony? Unfortunately, it’s difficult to create a real plan for your future until those decisions have been made.


One of the biggest issues involves child support. The amount you get in child support could shape your future employment, residence, and overall budget both for you and your children.


Wouldn’t you feel better if you knew how much in child support you’d be getting after your divorce?


Child Support Calculators Can Help


Every family is different, so there is no completely accurate formula that will guarantee what your child support agreement will be. However, there are child support calculators and resources online that will allow you to get a good estimate of how much you will be paying or receiving in child support.


These calculators make an estimate based on Colorado’s basic formula for child support. You will need the following information:


  • Gross monthly income of each parent
  • Any child support or alimony payments coming from previous marriages
  • Cost of childcare/day care
  • Cost of health insurance being paid by each parent


This estimate is the state-wide base for all child support agreements. However, it is not the final payment unless a judge deems that the number is fair to both parents. The following factors may change the judge’s mind and the final payment:


  • The child’s financial resources (if applicable)
  • The child’s standard of living before divorce
  • The child’s physical and emotional needs and condition
  • The resources and needs of each parent


Basically, a calculator can get you started on your budget planning, but it’s not the final number. Make a little wiggle room in your budget to allow for a different decision than you expect.


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About Child Support Payments


Here’s another thing to consider about child support: it doesn’t last forever. Child support payments only have to be paid until the child turns 19 (or 21 if the child is still in high school). The only exception is if a child has a disability and cannot support themselves. In those cases, child support payments will continue indefinitely.


If your ex decides to not pay child support, he or she may be in big trouble. Under Colorado law, failing to pay child support may result in jail time. Most of the time, however, you ex’s wages will simply be reassigned so that child support payments will automatically be taken out of his or her paycheck and sent to you for child support.


Child support payments can also be modified or terminated if a judge deems it appropriate. Specific forms will have to be filed and a trial may need to be held, but this is an option if, post-divorce, you realize that you will need more money to support your children or life circumstances change.


A great strategy to get the amount of child support you deserve is hiring an experienced family lawyer to represent you in court. Together, we will look through the factors that determine child support and work to prove to a judge that they justify the amount of child support you need.


Family lawyers are also available to guide you through the process of enforcing, modifying, or terminating child support payments. Give us a call today to get started with a free consultation.


About the Author:


Vernon Ready is an award-winning Colorado lawyer with an in-depth understanding of all areas of family law, estate planning, and personal injury. His energetic and aggressive advocacy approach allow him to successfully navigate complex cases, including high asset divorce and complicated custody issues. During his time at the University of Colorado Law School, Ready won numerous awards for his trial advocacy skills. Since being admitted to practice in 2009, Ready has become well-known throughout Denver and the state for the passionate defense of his clients and his unparalleled understanding of the law.