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Child Support Services
Glossary of Terms  
  • Administrative process:
  • The child support enforcement unit's method of handling child support cases outside of the court system.

  • Affidavit:
  • A written statement made under oath.

  • Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.):
  • The compilation of Colorado's laws.

  • Contempt of Court:
  • Failure to show respect for an order of a court.

  • Continuance:
  • The postponement of a scheduled court hearing.

  • Default:
  • When an order is entered against a party when that party fails to respond to legal papers or appear at a court or administrative hearing.

  • Dissolution of Marriage:
  • The term Colorado law used to describe a divorce.

  • Emancipation:
  • When a child no longer is legally under the control or supervision of his or her parents, and the parents bear no legal responsibility for financial support.

  • Establishment:
  • The entry of an initial order for child support.

  • Family Support Registry:
  • The mechanism for processing of child support payments.

  • Garnishment:
  • A notice ordering a third party, such as an employer, to forward money to satisfy a child support obligation.

  • Guidelines:
  • The child support guidelines are the formula used to calculate the appropriate amount of child support for both parents.

  • Income Assignment:
  • An enforcement tool used by the child support enforcement unit to intercept money directly from third parties, such as employers, who owe money to or hold the assets of the obligor.

  • IV-D:
  • The term given to the child support program located in the law in Title IV-D of the federal Social Security Act.

  • Lien:
  • A party's claim on someone else's real or personal property as payment for a debt.

  • Modification:
  • The change in an existing child support order often occurring because of changed financial or living arrangements.

  • Negotiation Conference:
  • The initial meeting in the administrative process between a parent and personnel from the child support enforcement unit to reach a legally enforceable agreement on issues in a child support case.

  • Obligee:
  • A party receiving child support payments.

  • Obligor:
  • A party ordered to make child support payments.

  • Parenting Time:
  • Formerly known as visitation, this is the time parents spend with their children. It is not a part of the overall responsibility of the child support enforcement unit.

  • Paternity:
  • An order establishing a legal father and child relationship.

  • Pro se:
  • When a person who chooses to act as his or her own attorney in a legal action.

  • UIFSA:
  • The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, the law that governs the establishment, enforcement, and modification of child support in interstate cases, when one parent and the children live in a different state than the other parent.

Important Numbers - Assistance Programs
Department of Human Services
Main Line (970) 241-8480
Parent Help Line
(800) 244-5373 
Adult Protective Services
(970) 248-2888 
Welfare Fraud Hotline
(970) 256-2421
Area Agency on Aging
(970) 248-2717 
Western Colorado 211
2-1-1 or (970) 244-8400 
Assistance Programs - Fax Number
(970) 248-2849
Workforce Center
(970) 248-0871 
Child Support
(970) 248-2780
Veterans Office
(970) 248-2733 
(970) 244-8400 

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