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Can I have my child support order modified in Colorado?

Colorado parents who have ended their relationship will still be linked because of the child. The child's best interests are the most important factor in the couple at least behaving amicably regardless of how their personal relationship ended whether it was a divorce or a relationship that simply did not work out. In a best-case scenario, the couple will be friendly. Regardless, child support is a key part of the child's care. In some situations, however, one of the parents - the supporting parent or the parent who receives support - will want a child support modification. This can be done if certain criteria are met.

When there are changes in a parent's life, the child support might need to change as well. If one or more of the following issues has come up, then the child support order might be changed: a rise or reduction in the income of one of the parents; a change to medical insurance coverage; a rise or reduction in the cost of child care or medical expenses that are not covered by insurance; a change in the number of overnight stays the child has with either party; and the child reaching the age at which he or she can be emancipated.

When the request for modification is considered by the Colorado Child Support Program, it conducts a "review and adjustment." The income of the parents will be gathered. The parties might be asked to appear at the office of Child Support Enforcement (CSE). After it has all the relevant information, the CSE will decide if the request is valid. If so, it will review the order. There might be a change in the child support order if there has been a minimum of a 10 percent difference from what the order is to what the child support guidelines say it should be. The parties can simply agree to the new amount and sign for it to be changed. If they cannot do that, CSE can move forward with a court action for it to be changed.

The care of a child is essential and child support payments are part of that. However, circumstances often arise in which the order should be changed. Having legal assistance in this aspect of parental responsibility is crucial. A lawyer who understands the ins and outs of child support can help with any situation related to changing a child support order.

Source: childsupport.state.co.us, "Modifying Your Child Support Order," accessed on March 6, 2018

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