Helping You in Matters of Child Support
Child Support is an important issue when parents decide to end a relationship. Food, clothing, shelter, and educational needs 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 the custody and visitation arrangements comes into play when the court decides how much support is needed. Attorneys Fred A. Dunsing and Lucy H. Deakins in Denver, CO, are here to make certain that these arrangements serve your children's best interests.
Child Support Laws
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, child support may be arranged accordingly. Required payments may be set to include the cost of after-school activities, summer camps, and related transportation needs.
Our attorneys can help reach a fair agreement that provides your children with the financial support they need.
Factors To Consider
The first factor for the 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. 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.
Support payments must usually be paid until the child is an adult. If an adult child is physically or developmentally unable to care for themselves, the support payments can last the lifetime of the 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% for one child and an additional 10% 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 We Can Help You
With a combined 44 years of experience, our attorneys offer advice and service every step of the way. We understand how difficult issues involving your children are, and as our client, you can expect to be treated with the utmost compassion. Dunsing Law has connections with mediators and other professionals who can help your family reach an amicable agreement regarding child support. If these methods are not effective, we are prepared to take your case to court. Whether you feel that the amount of support your child receives is inadequate, or if you feel that the amount you have been ordered to pay is unjust, a legal advocate can help immensely in achieving a favorable outcome.
Contact us Today
If you have questions about child support, or if you feel you need an advocate in the process of creating a child support arrangement, our attorneys are here to help. Please contact us online or call us at (303) 758-8981 today to schedule an appointment.
“Lucy, Wendi, and Fred were all amazing throughout my case. Lucy's knowledge and expertise, as well as the law firm's professional connections with mediators and child family investigators, led to a custody resolution that truly represents the best interest of my son. Many thanks!” - Satisfied Client