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Colorado Child Support Attorneys
As Colorado’s largest family law firm, we’ve helped resolve parental responsibility conflicts for thousands of clients. If you’re needing experienced Denver Child Support Lawyers, call Litvak Litvak Mehrtens and Carlton, P.C.
We’re dedicated to helping parents protect their children. One way we do this is by helping our clients obtain fair child support orders in Colorado.
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Parenting time issues are some of the most challenging and emotional for parents. Our attorneys seek to work collaboratively with the other parent and counsel to find parenting time plans that are both in the children’s best interests and fair to both parents. When this isn’t possible, however, we are zealous advocates for our clients’ rights.
Besides standard child custody, we assist parents with:
No other family law firm in Colorado has as many lawyers recognized for excellence by the independent evaluation companies Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. To schedule a consultation regarding your child custody matter, contact Litvak Litvak Mehrtens and Carlton, P.C., at 303-951-4506, or email us instead.
Colorado Child Support FAQs
Do I Have to Pay Child Support if I'm Unemployed?
Parents in Colorado are generally required to continue making child support payments even if they lose their jobs. Failure to do so could result in a variety of penalties such as paying interest on a past due balance or spending time in jail. However, it may be possible to work out alternate child support arrangements while a parent is unemployed. For instance, those who are entitled to unemployment benefits may be able use them to stay current on child support payments.
Those who aren’t entitled to unemployment benefits are encouraged to work with the family courtthat has jurisdiction in the matter. Parents should keep a record of any steps that they have taken to find work. This is important because it can help to prove that an individual does not want to be unemployed. If a judge believes that a parent is intentionally unemployed, he or she may impute an income to that parent.
In some cases, noncustodial parents are also required to provide health insurance for their children. If a parent loses access to an insurance policy after being laid off or terminated, it may be a good idea to consult with the child’s custodial parent. It may be possible for a custodial parent to add a child to his or her employer plan or buy a policy through the federal government.
Parents who are struggling to make child support payments on time may have options to help them stay current. For instance, it may be possible to ask for a child support modification order. This might be helpful for those who have lost a job or otherwise lack the resources needed to make payments as currently ordered. Individuals may also be able to work privately with a custodial parent to resolve payment issues.
What is Child Support?
Child support is financial payment that goes to to the custodial parent, paid by the noncustodial parent. This payment is meant to aid in the care and upbringing of a mutual child.
The state of Colorado legally requires this, based on the principle that all legal parents are obligated to support his or her children. This holds true, regardless if the parent has physical or legal custody. The obligation to pay child support.