Child support is often a stressful issue for a couple already struggling with upheaval in their personal lives.
But securing the appropriate level of support can impact your child's financial security for years to come. You want to get it right.
The child support lawyers at Dunsing, Deakins & Galera, LLC, in Denver, CO, can provide the advice you need when dealing with these issues.
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Our lead family law lawyer, Fred A. Dunsing, is rated an AV Preeminent attorney by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings. It is the highest rating an attorney can receive and is a testament to the fact that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
Mr. Dunsing limits his practice cases to family law, where he has more than 20 years of experience. His practice areas include divorce, child custody disputes, property settlements, paternity, visitation rights, and other related family law topics.
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What Does Child Support Cover?
Child support is an important issue when parents decide to end a relationship or get a divorce. Food, clothing, shelter, and education remain the responsibility of both parents, but the amount of support paid by each depends on several factors. The income level of each parent, along with custody and visitation arrangements, comes into play when the court determines child support.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Colorado has a strict and fairly complicated guideline when it comes to determining what child support looks like in dollars and cents. Sadly, when emotions are heightened, you may need someone who knows the fine points of the law. The experienced child support lawyers at Dunsing, Deakins & Galera, LLC, in Denver, CO and Avon, CO, can help ensure your children get the financial support they need, now and into the future.
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Aurora, Avon, Centennial, Lakewood, and Vail Valley
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"I have worked with numerous attorneys regarding my family law case for almost a decade, and I can say without a doubt that Fred is one of the best attorneys I have worked with ... Fred has always delivered the best outcomes possible in my cases."
Why Choose Us? Expertise, Compassion, Affordability
You Come First
We put your interests first as we work to find cost-effective and practical solutions to complicated issues. We will aggressively fight for your rights while at the same time avoid needless expenses and drawn-out disputes.
We offer a free initial consultation so you can anticipate the challenges that face you when determining support payments. Our practice is also committed to providing personalized service at a reasonable price.
We put an emphasis on plain talk. We find clients want us to be upfront with them about the issues they face and the potential risks of each legal strategy so that they can make the best possible short- and long-term choices for their family.
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We understand how difficult the issues involving your family can be, and as our client, you can expect to be treated with the utmost compassion.
If needed, we work with mediators and other professionals who can help the family reach an amicable agreement regarding child support. We can also get involved if child support payments go unpaid. If necessary, we are prepared to take your case to court.
Factors To Consider In Determining Support Payments
Our family law and child support attorneys can help you negotiate a fair agreement that provides your children with the financial support they need now and into their future.
What Does Child Support Cover?
Colorado child support is primarily meant to cover the basic needs of the children. However, when parents have the financial means to allow their kids to participate in cultural or athletic activities, the financial support agreement may be arranged to include more than the basics. In these situations, required payments may also include the cost of after-school activities, summer camps, and related transportation needs.
Is it Important to Establish Parentage?
The first factor for the Colorado court to determine when ordering a child support payment is parentage. This means determining who is the mother and who is the father. Depending on your case, this may or may not require a paternity test.
How Are Child Support Payments Calculated?
Once parentage is determined, the court will examine:
- The income of each parent.
- The custody and visitation schedule.
- The type of lifestyle the child became accustomed to while the parents were together.
- Educational and physical needs, especially in cases involving a special needs child.
Taking these factors into consideration, the court then calculates the gross income of each parent and orders payment according to income and number of children. The amount ordered is typically 20 percent for one child and an additional 10 percent for subsequent children. It is possible to have an existing order changed when financial circumstances change, but you must gain the court's approval to modify the order before any alteration is final.
How Long Do Child Support Payments Last?
In Colorado, support payments must usually be paid until the child is an adult. If they are physically or developmentally unable to care for themselves as an adult, the support payments can last the lifetime of the child.
Do You Need a Child Support Lawyer? Request a Free Consultation
Our team of lawyers includes child support attorney Fred A. Dunsing. He works exclusively in family law and can help you deal with the conflicts and legal questions that surround child support orders and child custody. If you need to request changes to a child support order, we can help with that too.
Mr. Dunsing is a top-rated attorney by his peers and has spent 20 years in family law, helping families navigate the emotional and legal issues that happen when families split apart or divorce. Dunsing, Deakins & Galera has offices in Denver and Avon but draws clients from throughout Colorado, including the communities of Vail Valley, Centennial, Lakewood, Aurora, and Eagle County.
If you want to speak to a child support lawyer, we suggest starting with a complimentary consultation at Dunsing, Deakins & Galera. We will sit down with you and have an honest conversation about your concerns.
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"I have found Fred to be personable, conscientious, professional, and straight-forward. He expertly analyzed my situation and knew exactly how to go about obtaining the best possible results. His expertise in negotiating and in "zeroing in" on the important issues was essential in quickly and efficiently setting the necessary ground rules and getting through paperwork and negotiations."
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How Can Child Support Funds Be Spent?
Not surprisingly, how child support funds are spent can create tensions. Child support is intended to be spent on care for the children involved, not on the custodial parent. But there is not always a clear distinction between the two and that can lead to confusion, and perhaps conflict.
You may need an experienced child support lawyer to help negotiate what is, and is not, included in a support agreement. Items to consider include:
Rent or mortgage payments can be included, along with the cost of utilities.
Food & Fundamentals
Food, clothing, toys, books, and furnishings also can be included as part of child support.
Doctor's visits, medications, eyeglasses, dental care, and similar services are considered necessities covered by child support, along with medical insurance.
Books, supplies, clothing, and the cost of field trips can also be rolled into child support agreement. However, if your child needs a tutor, that can be more complicated and you may need expert advice to determine who has the authority to decide on the question of tutoring and who is responsible for payment.
Sports, summer camp, and other enrichment programs may need to be specifically included in a child support agreement in order to be covered.