Have you spoken to a Denver child support attorney? At the Law Offices of Doddridge C. Shelby, LLC, I represent individuals in all matters related to divorce and the dissolution of marriage, including child support and alimony (also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance).
Child support in Colorado is determined by formulas established by the state legislature. The incomes of both parents are taken into consideration, along with the amount of time the parents devote to the children, as well as other factors. Judges have the authority to deviate from the state-mandated guidelines, but typically don’t without a showing of significant need.
Determinations of spousal support, on the other hand, are not nearly as regimented. Alimony is not automatically granted in every divorce and it is rarely permanent. It is also important to know that both child support and spousal maintenance may impact the distribution of marital assets and debts.
Work with a Denver child support attorney in determining child support under the Colorado Child Support Guidelines. A number of factors are taken into consideration, including:
Monthly gross incomes of both parents
Amount of parenting time allocated to each parent
Child care expenses
Medical insurance expenses
Medical expenses not covered by insurance
Maintenance may be awarded to either spouse in Colorado. Factors taken into consideration when determining spousal support, if any, include:
Financial status of the spouse seeking maintenance
Amount of time required to gain employment or establish earning capacity through education or training
Standard of living during the marriage
Length of the marriage
Age and health of the spouse seeking maintenance
Ability of the payer to meet his or her financial needs while paying maintenance for the other spouse
Determining child support and maintenance can be very complex and is fundamental to the final outcome of any divorce. Contact the Law Offices of Doddridge C. Shelby, LLC and safeguard your financial future.