Calculating Child Support

How much child support will I have to pay? How much child support will my ex-spouse have to pay? These are common questions that need to be answered so that you can prepare for the future after divorce or separation. The calculation of child support is complicated. The Colorado State Judicial Branch has provided lawyers and parents with a worksheet to help calculate support (which is linked below), however, every case is different. The application of your circumstances to the child support guidelines must be considered carefully to make sure that all rules and exceptions are applied. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you consult an attorney to make sure that you do not shortchange yourself.

In Colorado, child support is governed by section 14-10-115 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. This long and complicated section contains guidelines for child support based upon the income of the parents and the amount of parenting time exercised by each parent. While the amount of support will vary depending on the circumstances of the parties and children, the code contains a formula to calculate the child support that is presumed to be in the best interest of the children. A Microsoft Excel spreadsheet containing the formula is available from the Colorado State Judicial Branch, and can be found here– Child Support Worksheet. Instructions on how to fill out the worksheet can be found here–Instructions.

There are two major elements to the child support formula:

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Kirk Garner has offices in Colorado Springs and Woodland Park.

Kirk Garner has offices in Colorado Springs and Woodland Park.

My name is Kirk Garner.  I am a lawyer with more than twenty years experience in a wide variety of family law matters, from divorce to child custody, child support to visitation, grandparents’ rights to adoption.  I practice law in Colorado Springs and Woodland Park.

I am writing this blog to provide general information to people who are considering or are already engaged in family law litigation in the State of Colorado.  I will address various topics related to family law cases; however, not everything will be directly related to litigation.  I will provide information to help parents guide their children through the difficult and painful process of separation, divorce, and visitation.

You should be aware that the advice and information provided in this blog does not create an attorney-client relationship.  Your comments are not covered by the attorney-client privilege.  If you are  seeking specific information about the law and facts of your particular case, you should contact an attorney in your area.

If you have a topic that you would like me to discuss, please let me know.  If you need further information, contact my office to set up a consultation.  I look forward to meeting you and assisting you and your family with all of your family law needs.