Ensuring Your Children Have The Support They Need
The most important issue in many divorces is child custody. Today, Colorado courts analyze the issue of child custody — or parenting time — as part of an overall review of the allocation of parental responsibilities. Custody disputes can become extremely bitter, which can be difficult for the children, regardless of the best intentions of the parents.
At the Greenwood Village office of Ammarell Deasy, LLP, the goal is to negotiate a custody agreement that is beneficial for the client, as well as the children, without having to take the issue in front of a judge. When the parties can work out issues out of court, the level of stress and anxiety goes down, and in many cases, children benefit most. It is important to have as much information as possible and to have an experienced Centennial custody attorney to protect your rights and the rights of your children.
Understanding Parental Responsibility
In Colorado courts, the word “custody” is not actually used, but instead the term is “parental responsibility.” There are three questions of parental responsibility that need to be answered in any custody case:
- Which parent will the children live with?
- Who has the right to make major decisions on the children’s behalf?
- What visitation rights will the noncustodial parent have?
It is quite common for parents to argue over parenting time. Courts are not predisposed to any particular arrangements, but the “best interests” of the children will always be the court’s focal point. In most cases, parents retain shared responsibility for making major decisions, but the children often live with one parent a majority of the time. That person is called the custodial parent. The noncustodial parent will have visitation rights and, often, must pay child support to the custodial parent.
How Child Support Is Determined
For anyone with children, the ability to care for your child is one of the most important things in your life. During a child support case or a divorce with children, one of the most important issues relating to child custody is child support. Many issues of parental responsibility and custody are extremely complicated, and child support is no exception.
A formula defined in the Colorado Revised Statutes determines the amount of child support paid by the noncustodial parent. The experienced Colorado family law lawyers at Ammarell Deasy, LLP, can help protect your rights in a child support case. From ensuring that the custodial parent gets the assistance that he or she needs to making sure that the payment required of the noncustodial parent is fair, Ammarell Deasy, LLP, has helped numerous Colorado men and women in child support cases.
The formula that is typically used to set child support in Colorado considers a variety of factors, including the income of each parent, the number of children, how many nights the children spend with the noncustodial parent, and day care and health care costs. While in most cases, child support is based on a formula, the actual data that goes into it can sometimes be negotiated based on the specific details of the case. It is also important to understand that in some cases, exceptional circumstances may be taken into consideration that may impact the actual child support to be paid. It is important to have an experienced Colorado child support law firm who can help you negotiate the factors that are used to determine child support.
Of all the issues in divorce and family law, child support is one of the most misunderstood by clients. If you are involved in a child support case, whether through a divorce or a parental responsibilities action, it is vital that your Colorado child support law firm understands each aspect of child support and knows how to advocate the best possible situation for you and your children. Ammarell Deasy, LLP, works with both men and women, always fighting for the rights of the client, as well as the best interests of the children.
The Payment Of Child Support Is An Ongoing Process
It is also important to understand that, as long as your children are minors (under the age of 19), child support may be an ongoing process. Changes in employment status, changes in income and changes in the children’s circumstances can significantly affect the child support calculation, and as such, you should be prepared for the possibility that the issue may come up periodically until your children are adults. In the case of disabled children, child support issues may continue even longer if a child is unable to care for themselves.
Ammarell Deasy, LLP, understands that after ensuring that children receive the love, compassion and nurturing care that they need, the next most important thing to many parents is that the custodial parent is financially able to provide what the children need. They also understand that child support is intended to be for the children, and not the parent. Ammarell Deasy, LLP, can help negotiate issues that are used to determine child support and assist with any ongoing child support concerns that you may have as either the custodial or noncustodial parent.