Child support is money paid from one parent to another parent for the benefit of the parties’ joint child or children. Child support it not treated an income to the parent who receives it and is not tax deductible to the parent who pays it. It is assumed in Colorado that both parents will contribute the financial needs of their children. Child support is typically paid until a child is 19 years old. Some exceptions apply to this general timeline.

Child support in Colorado is calculated using guidelines created by Colorado legislators. The amount a parent pays depends on several factors, including but not limited to:

  • The gross income for both parties;
  • The number of joint children the parties have together;
  • The number of non- joint children for whom a party is financial responsible;
  • The number of overnights each parent has with the child(ren)

Parents are also expected to share the cost of health/dental insurance, work-related childcare costs, and unreimbursed (not covered by insurance) medical or dental costs. Generally, each parent pays a percent of these expenses based on his/her share of the total combined gross income for both parties. Both parents are expected to work full-time, with some exceptions.

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