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Adjustments & Expenses

Adjustments to gross income for child support calculation purposes include:  Support of other children not of the relationship:  must be legally responsible for the support of the other children (does not include stepchildren or the kids…

Income Tax Dependency Exemptions (Pre 2018)

Note:  The information below only applies to income tax returns for tax year 2017 and prior.  The dependency exemption for 2018 and later years was repealed by Section 1003 of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R.1. The Colorado Child Support…
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Overtime & Second Job

Many parents, fathers in particular, need to pick up a second job or work overtime to keep up with child support or maintenance payments.  The extra work taken reduces the time available to spend with the kids or visiting with friends and family.…

Extracurricular Expenses

Extracurricular Expenses are Expenses Being Paid Voluntarily in Excess of Basic Child Support These types of expenses are truly "extra" support payments being made and are in addition to, if not duplicative of, the basic child support determined…

Expense Sharing & Reimbursement

Sharing of non-medical expenses incurred for the children is typically the result of an agreement.  The agreement is stated in the Parenting Plan or a similar stipulation.  The agreement or Parenting Plan has been approved by the court and…

Are Tax Credits & Refunds Income?

C.R.S. § 14-10-115(3)(a) defines income as "actual gross income."   Subsection (5)(1) specifies that gross income includes "income from any source." In Colorado, the before-tax income is used rather than the after-tax income of a parent.…

Determining Income for Child Support

The Colorado legislature has provided that, in determining a parent's income for purposes of calculating child support, the income to be counted is that from any source, with certain defined exceptions.  The child support statute sets forth…

Calculating Child Support

Calculation of child support in Colorado would seem to be fairly straight-forward because of the use of Child Support Worksheets that are Excel based spreadsheets with embedded formulas.  The issues that arise, however, are how to determine…

Reimbursement of Medical Expenses

The statute does not specify the type of documentation needed when requesting reimbursement of medical expenses incurred by a parent. Typically, the court order, or the agreement adopted as the court's order, specifies how expense reimbursement…

Colorado Child Support Modification

Child support is subject to modification when there is a substantial and continuing change of circumstances.  "Substantial" generally means a 10% change in the amount of support ordered to be paid.  The change of circumstances warranting modification…