Each state has its own statutory guidelines that judges use to determine the amount of monthly child support paid. In Colorado, the two main factors in the calculation of child support are the income of both parents and the overnight schedule each parent has with the child.
If you are not working or make less than minimum wage the court may use minimum wage as your income when running the calculation. The current Colorado monthly minimum wage amount is $1,924. If your youngest child is under 30 months (2.5 years old) the court normally will not impede this wage against you.
Another thing to keep in mind, if one parent has 92 overnights or more with the child, this is considered joint custody for the purposes of calculating child support. If one parent has less than 92 overnights, this is considered sole custody for the purposes of calculating child support.
Other items that affect the child support amount:
- Daycare Cost
- Health Insurance Premiums
- Extraordinary Medical Expenses for your child
- Other Children You Financially Support (from a different relationship)
- Payment of Maintenance (Alimony/Spousal Support)
Things that do not affect the child support amount:
- The Income of a New Spouse or Significant Other
- Your Gender
- Bills and Expenses
The Colorado State Courts website provides free software you can download to your computer to calculate the child support (and maintenance) amount. Follow this link to download the Family Law Software for free:
The amount of child support a court will order for any particular case may be different from the amount estimated by the calculator. This is called a deviation. You can request the court to deviate from the software’s calculation as well. However, you must have compelling reasons for the judge to accept your deviation.
Still have questions? Contact The Legal Quill for a consultation or to have us run the calculator for you!