Establishing a Child Support Order
You do not have to be divorced or even married to establish a child support order. Once paternity is established, a child support order may be entered pursuant to the juvenile code §19-6-101. All child support orders entered in Colorado are entered pursuant to the Child Support Guidelines.
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Child Support Guidelines
Child support orders entered in the State of Colorado are entered pursuant to the Child support Guidelines C.R.S. §14-10-115. You may access the Child Support Guidelines at the Colorado Department of Human Services - Child Support website.
Establishing Health Insurance Coverage
The Colorado courts and Child Support Enforcement progra also require that health insurance coverage be provided for children when setting up the child support order.
C.R.S. §14-5-125, §14-10-115, §14-10-115(2)(b), §14-10-115(13.5), §14-14-112
Paternity means fatherhood. If the parents are married, the husband is considered to be the father of children during the marriage. If parents are not married, it is important that paternity be legally established. Otherwise, the baby has no legal father. Even if you may be living together, and the father's name appears on the hospital copy of the child's birth certificate, this does not mean the child's paternity has been legally established.
Paternity can be legally established by the court.
- a Judge or other official may enter an Order at Court which establishes paternity, or
- the Child Support Division office may establish paternity without having to go to Court, or
- a statement of paternity may also be signed, either at the office when the child is born, orour office can assist you in completing this form and mailing to vital statistics.
Additional Establishment Information
Important Numbers - Assistance Programs
|Department of Human Services
Main Line (970) 241-8480
|Parent Help Line
|Adult Protective Services
|Welfare Fraud Hotline
|Area Agency on Aging
|Western Colorado 211
2-1-1 or (970) 244-8400
|Assistance Programs - Fax Number