In cases where the parents’ combined gross income exceeds a certain amount, or a parenting plan is negotiated with the idea that the children’s needs can be met for a lesser amount – or on a rare occasion a greater amount – the parents can ask the Court to deviate from the amount computed for the child support worksheet.
While the law holds that it is the child’s right to child support and the parents cannot contract out of support on the child’s behalf, in certain circumstances such as
– a parent’s ability to pay;
– a significantly unequal parenting time schedule;
– a child with special needs; the Court will accept a different amount negotiated by the parents or successfully argued in Court.
Sometimes kids must travel for their parenting time and those costs should be factored into the calculation and extra-ordinary expenses for purposes of child support.
Some children may have special educational or physical needs that require consideration for purposes of child support.
The parents may agree that the child is gifted and talented and certain expenses for the child’s hobby, sport, acting, dancing etc., should actually be factored into the child support worksheet.
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While anyone can input the numbers into the worksheet, the legal expertise is necessary to know what numbers you should be using and how.
Not only is there the number of overnights to consider, but…
~ Is the same overnight schedule best for different kids?
~ What is each parent’s gross income?
~ Who is paying health insurance and what are the deductibles etc. for the plans?
~ Is that parent who is paying health insurance actually paying or is in an employee benefit?
Colorado family law attorney is essential to help you properly calculate, advise and consider the amounts that you should pay or receive for your child support. The first and most often contentious issue for child support is parenting time. One of the most significant factors in calculating child support is how many over nights each parent has with the children. Read More
The gross income of each party and what percentage each has of the combined gross income is the first determination. This amount explains how much money the family had to support the children of the divorce and need for child support.
§14-10-115 of the Colorado Revised Statutes provides a comprehensive list to determine gross income.
You can review the list here but it’s always best to work with a qualified attorney on the issue. Income can be complicated especially when there are complex assets. Read More
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