Child Support Colorado

COLORADO CHILD SUPPORT
Child support in Colorado takes place through the Child Support Enforcement office of Local County. The CSE needs to be contacted to find out the requirements for application. There is a specific form called the ‘Application for Child Support Services’ that must be completed in order to apply for the child support program. The application is available through the local office and also through the website of the county in question. However, application for child support in Colorado requires an initial one-time fee of $20. However, in case the applicant is currently receiving any kind of public assistance, he or she will not have to pay the initial application fee.
ESTABLISHMENT OF CHILD SUPPORT COLORADO: HOW?
Section 14-10-115, C.R.S. of Legal Authority details the Child Support Laws. These laws are used for establishing orders for Child Support Colorado. An order for child support is created only through legal proceedings where the court decides on the support amount to be paid every month either by the non-custodial parent or both custodial and non-custodial parents.
The Colorado Child Support Guidelines are used by the court for establishing the order. The court takes account of various aspects like the financial status of the parents, the financial requirements of the child or children in question etc. The local Child Support Enforcement office has the copy of the guidelines displayed so that the parents can actually take a look at them before they proceed.
As per the guidelines of Child Support Enforcement Program of Colorado, coverage for health insurance of the child or children must also be taken care of by the child support order. It is up to the court to decide whether the custodial or non-custodial parent will provide for the health insurance cover. Private plans for health coverage get the primary position because Medicaid is considered secondary on the grounds that it is a public aid. Even if the child or children are enjoying Medicaid, either of the two parents will be responsible for providing for the health coverage as per the court order.
CALCULATION OF CHILD SUPPORT COLORADO
The calculation of monthly payments in Child Support Colorado is based on:
• The gross monthly income of each parent.
• The average amount of money spent by other families in Colorado for the growth and development expenses of their children.
While calculating the Child Support amount, the court also takes account of the obligation share of the non-custodial parent. The court ordered amount will also depend on the visitation amount or frequency of the non-custodial parent with the child or children. By law, both parents are required to share three costs that include medical expenses that are uninsured, medical insurance and childcare costs. The percentage share that each parent must bear will depend on the financial status of the two parents and the financial needs of the child or children.
ENFORCEMENT OF CHILD SUPPORT COLORADO
The Child Support order must be satisfied under any circumstances and hence, the Child Support Enforcement office of Local County and the Colorado Laws can actually implement a number of methods to ensure that the payments are made and they are made on time as per the set guidelines detailed in the court order. Here is a quick list of the various methods that can be used:
• Withholding from: worker’s compensation benefits, compensation benefits for the unemployment or unemployment wages.
• Suspension of: recreational license, professional license and driver’s license.
• Denial of passport.
• Offsetting state and federal taxes.
• Interceptions of lottery winnings.
• Reporting to Credit Bureau or Credit Reporting.
• Reporting new hire.
• Judicial actions like: federal prosecution, garnishments, liens and judgments.
HOW TO MAKE CHANGES IN THE ORDER FOR CHILD SUPPORT COLORADO?
If the parents request, the Child Support Order goes for review every 3 years. In case of the appearance of special circumstances, the Child Support Enforcement office of Local County will take care of the circumstances and review the case provided, solid documentation is provided for the reason invoking the review. A couple of special circumstances that can be cited as examples are: change in visitation and loss of job.
HOW TO MAKE A PAYMENT FOR CHILD SUPPORT, COLORADO?
The Colorado state has a cell or office called FSR or Family Support Registry. The FSR is the centralized office for Child Support payment collection as well as disbursement and tracking monthly payments. There are multiple methods that can be used for making a payment. They are discussed briefly in the following sections:
PHONE PAYMENT
There is an application called ‘pay-by-phone’. Once the parent fills up the form, the FSR will issue a PIN. The parent can then call the toll-free number 1-800-374-6558 or the local number 303-299-9123 and simple follow all the instruction and make the payment using the PIN. The payment is deposited with the FSR from the bank account of the parent.
MAIL PAYMENT
The non-custodial parent can send a money order or a check to the FSR. The payee name needs to be ‘Family Support Registry’ and the money order or the check must be accompanied by the parent’s FSR account number, the order number provided by the court and the name of the sender (non-custodial parent). The money order or the check for Child Support Colorado must be sent to the address: Family Support Registry, P.O. Box 2171, Denver, CO 80201-2171.
AUTOMATIC RECURRING WITHDRAWAL
As the name suggests, the parent can initiate an automated withdrawal from his/her bank account every month on a specified date. The FSR will withdraw the money on the specified date every month. For this to happen there is an application form that must be filled with the Child Support Enforcement office of Local County.
HOW TO RECEIVE A PAYMENT FOR CHILD SUPPORT COLORADO?
The payments for Child Support Colorado are disbursed through the office of Family Support Registry. The payments can be deposited to a designated bank account directly or FSR can send a check to a provided address. Alternately, the parent withdrawing the money can use the FSR card that is similar to a debit card and is accepted in every POS (Point of Service) that accepts VISA.