Colorado parents who have parted ways and are dealing with child support issues will undoubtedly be aware that parental responsibility is important. Part of that is making the required payments for support and adhering to the order. However, some parents do not follow the requirements for shared responsibility and will face consequences for that. There are many steps the state can take due to noncompliance, but one that is severely problematic is contempt of court.
When there is a child support order in Colorado, there are certain aspects that the parties should remember even after the order or the modification has been completed. Obviously, the focus with child support is to serve the child's best interests, but the case is not necessarily concluded with the order or the modification. Various issues should be factored in when the order is made and the parents are navigating the situation. One is the annual exchange of information.
At the end of a marriage in Colorado, a couple with a child will want to make sure the child is cared for and has everything he or she needs to thrive. Child support is a big part of that. Frequently, parents will be completely unaware as to how child support is calculated in the state. Knowing the factors that are considered goes a long way toward understanding what the state will think about when making its determination.
In Colorado child support cases, the circumstances can vary as to how to get a delinquent parent to pay what is owed to be current on the payments. If they are living in Colorado, there are steps that the state can take to get the payments even if it means garnishing wages or suspending driver's licenses. However, when the parent has moved out of the state or even out of the country, the custodial parent might not know what to do to get the child support that is owed. Since parental responsibility and the child's best interests are so important, it does not end when the supporting parent leaves the state or moves out of the U.S. Understanding how the state will deal with this is critical to getting the payments.
In Colorado, it is critical that child support payments are made when they are due and that they be paid in full. This is in the child's best interests so the proper care is given. It also benefits the parents as the supporting parent will be adhering to his or her responsibilities and the custodial parent will receive the funds necessary to ensure the child's needs are met. However, it is an unfortunately common reality that supporting parents will fail to pay what they are supposed to.
When there is a child custody arrangement between parents in Colorado, the goal is to have both parents spend time with the child and ensure the child's best interests as the top priority. Part of the child's best interests being focused upon includes having a safe and nurturing environment. Often, parents will experience problems in their lives that leave the other parent concerned for the child's well-being should the visitation schedule be followed as normal. Knowing when and how there can be an immediate change to parenting time because of a crisis is imperative for both parents.
As parents are preparing for the birth of a child, it can be apparent that a baby will require a lot of things. Very quickly, it is obvious that a baby costs a lot to care for, and as that baby grows, will continue to require care and financial support. So when parents in Colorado and elsewhere decide to part ways, the requirement to provide financial support does not end. And in order to ensure a noncustodial parent continues this obligation, it is often necessary to establish a child support order.
In Colorado, not all couples who part ways are ending their relationship on the best terms. There are many reasons why this could be the case, but one of the most troublesome is if there is abuse in the relationship. The abuse could be toward a child, from one spouse to the other, or a combination. When the court determines how to handle child custody and visitation schedules, it will consider any allegations of abuse.
It is not unusual for parents who have parted ways as a couple and share a child to still have lingering negative feelings about one another that can seep into the child support payments. While it might not seem that there is a direct correlation between child support and the simmering disputes, it is a real issue that should be considered by both parents. Having a grasp of how parents will be confronted (*note: page 67) with problems due to this is important in settling them so it does not grow worse.
It is not uncommon in a Colorado divorce for there to be contentious disagreements about the case. This can be over many issues. One of the most difficult matters to navigate is child custody. Dealing with children is emotional and parents will frequently want to have the bulk of the responsibility and time with the child. However, the parents' interests are secondary to the child's best interests. Understanding how state law addresses parental responsibility, shared responsibility, joint custody and any other child-related issue that comes up is critical to a case.