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Can Workers’ Compensation Be Taken for Child Support?

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. Meaning, if a worker is injured in a workplace accident or if they become sick with an occupational disease, the worker can file a workers’ compensation claim regardless of their own degree of fault. While workers’ compensation covers medical care and provides monthly benefits to the injured worker, it does not compensate the individual for 100% of their pay prior to their injury. Instead, workers’ compensation is less than...

Can I Change a Child Support Order in Colorado?

If you’re getting a divorce for the first time, or if you’re new to the world of child support orders, you may not fully understand how they work. For starters, you cannot stop paying child support if your ex refuses to let you see the kids. If you lose your job, you can’t stop paying either; the child support you owe will continue to add up until a court agrees to modify the existing order – and no, child support is not retroactive...

License Suspensions for Child Support in Colorado

If you are recently separated or divorced and you have been ordered to pay child support, it’s important that you understand what can happen if you fall behind on your child support payments. All states, not just Colorado, have a variety of ways to collect child support if a noncustodial parent falls behind, and they’re not pleasant. Local child support agencies in Denver and throughout Colorado can garnish wages, seize funds in bank accounts (including a joint bank account...

When Does Child Support End in Colorado?

When Does Child Support End in Colorado? Each state has enacted its own laws regarding child support – how much it is, how it ends, and when it can be modified. Generally, child support ends when a child reaches the age of 18, 19, or 21 (in New York) in the United States. While many states require that a noncustodial parent pay child support until their child turns 18 or graduates high school, in Colorado parents...

Can I Stop Paying Child Support if I Can’t See My Kids?

Unfortunately, this happens more than child custody attorneys would like to admit: The mother and father aren’t getting along or the mother is bitter so she won’t let the father see his children. Sometimes, mothers will go to great lengths to ensure their exes won’t see their kids. For example, a mother may take her children away for the day, or she may take them out of town on the father’s weekend. When mothers hide their children...

Finding a Missing Parent for Child Support

Are you a parent whose former spouse has gone MIA and is not paying child support? Or, perhaps you were never married to your child’s other parent, but you have custody and he or she has not paid child support in a long time. Either way, you haven’t heard from him or her in some time and you haven’t received child support in months, if not years. What can you do? Is all hope lost? Unfortunately, noncustodial parents, the...

Factors That Are Considered When Determining Child Support

In simple terms, child support is an ongoing, periodic payment made for the benefit of a child following a divorce or separation, usually made from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. Colorado follows the “Income Shares Model” of support which estimates the total support amount that parents would spend on children in an intact family unit and splits the financial responsibility between the parents in proportion to their monthly incomes. While the guidelines are...

Establishing Paternity in Colorado

Sometimes parenthood is a planned event, and sometimes it’s not. Either way, once you become a parent, your life will never be the same. What if the parents are not married? How does the mother get the father to help? “Paternity” refers to establishing who the legal father is of a child. When a child’s parents are married, paternity is not an issue because the law assumes that the husband is the child’s legal father....

Post Secondary Education Costs

A court may order parents to pay postsecondary education costs. “If the court finds that it is appropriate for the parents to contribute to the costs of a program of postsecondary education, then the court shall terminate child support and enter an order requiring both parents to contribute a sum determined to be reasonable for the education expenses of the child, taking into account the resources of each parent and the child.” C.R.S. 14-10-115(15)(c). Postsecondary...

Amnesty for Delinqent Child Support Payers

In Durham County, the Social Services department held a special amnesty day to give non-custodial parents a chance to stop running and hiding from the Child Support Enforcement Department and pay up. Social Services invited nearly two hundred people wanted for not paying their child support to the Durham County Court house. If they showed up and paid two hundred and fifty dollars, their arrest warrant for failure to pay child support would be terminated....

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