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State Divorce Laws: Colorado
Child support cases in Colorado are enforced by the Colorado Child Support Enforcement Program . The mission of the CCSEP is to assure that all children receive financial and medical support from each parent. This is accomplished by
- Locating each parent,
- Establishing paternity and support obligations, and
- Enforcing those obligations
In order to apply for child support in the state of Colorado, you must contact your local county Child Support Enforcement (CSE) office to find out what they will require. You will need to fill out an application which can be obtained from your local office, or online at: Child Support Enforcement Services
How Is Child Support Established in Colorado?
Child support orders are established using the Colorado Child Support Laws detailed in Legal Authority, Section 14-10-115, C.R.S. A child support order is created via a legal process in which the monthly amount of child support to be paid by the non-custodial parent or by both parents is designated. This court order is established using the Colorado Child Support Guidelines, which takes into account factors such as:
- Financial needs of the children
- Financial status of both parents
The Colorado Child Support Enforcement Program also requires that child support orders establish health insurance coverage for the children, as determined by the court. Medicaid is considered public assistance and is secondary to private health coverage plans. If the children are on Medicaid, the parent ordered to supply health coverage is still held responsible to provide additional health coverage.
How Is Colorado Child Support Calculated?
Colorado child support laws are calculated using the monthly gross incomes of both parents and general information about what other families in Colorado spend on their children. The financial amount of the child support order is based upon the non-custodial parent’s share of the obligation. The amount of child support a parent is required to pay is also affected by the amount of visitation with the child. Both parents must also share costs for childcare, medical insurance and uninsured medical expenses. Again, the share required from each parent is determined by the financial needs of the children and the financial status of each parent.
How Are Child Support Orders Enforced in Colorado?
The Colorado laws and the CSE office can use a variety of methods to ensure that child support orders are satisfied. These include
- Withholding from employment wages, unemployment compensation benefits, or worker’s compensation benefits;
- Suspension of driver’s license or professional/recreational licenses
- Federal and state tax offsets
- Credit bureau reporting
- New hire reporting
- Judicial actions such as judgments, liens, garnishments, or federal prosecution
Child Support Payments
The state of Colorado maintains a centralized collection and disbursement office called the Family Support Registry (FSR). Child support payments can be submitted to the FSR office via mail, phone, or automatic withdrawal.