When parents cannot work together and make agreements about the family law matters that affect their property and children, the courts will step in, and, after considering the relevant facts, will make decisions about the care and disposition of these matters. Colorado parents who can see eye-to-eye on matters related to child support can, however, work through their attorneys to create child support agreements that will dictate the terms of financial support for their kids.
A parent-created child support agreement must be reviewed by a court and finalized before it may become enforceable. It must be reviewed to determine that it will meet the child's needs and serve the child's best interests given the parents' obligations to support their offspring. If a settlement agreement is found to meet the necessary requirements of its purpose then it may be signed off on by a family law court.
If the child's parents have pursued a divorce through mediation then they may choose to use their mediator to settle their child support agreement as well. During mediation the parties are not represented by their own legal professionals, and work collaboratively to find agreeable solutions to their family law matters. Mediation is an alternative to a litigated divorce.
If parents cannot manage the process of setting their own child support agreements, they may always default to appearing before the court and having a judge determine the appropriate arrangement for child support that their offspring should receive. Child support guidelines promulgated by the state help guide courts toward fair and appropriate child support orders that can effectively meet the financial needs of children.