Colorado child support cases can differ in many ways. In some instances, the circumstances can change while the case is still in progress or has already been settled. When there is an ongoing dispute over how much will be paid in support or even if there is no dispute and the case is still being determined, knowing how children can be added to the case is a key aspect. Understanding the law for this relatively common situation is important.
Parents who conceive another child in addition to the child or children that are part of a child support case can add the new child to existing case. This will be done if a presumption of paternity applies to establish it and to establish the need for child support. There will be an amendment to add the new child. The amended petition will have the new caption and will be served by the party seeking to amend it on the other party. When a court has jurisdiction over the case, it will remain in place whether that is the new child's place of residence or where he or she is physically present.
If there is a disagreement over paternity and there is a chance that there is more than one person who could be the presumed father or is alleged to be the father, there will be a new case to determine paternity prior to the child being added to the existing child support order. If the child is found to be the child of the parents in the current case, there will be a consolidation of the cases.
Child support is a complex matter that has many variables. For people who are in a support dispute or have settled one, a new child can make the case more confusing and even more difficult. From the perspective of the supporting parent and the custodial parent, having legal help with any matter related to support needs legal advice. A law firm that handles child support can be of help.