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Child Support Guidelines
After the determination of a parent-child relationship, the next step is to calculate the appropriate amount of child support. The formula used in Colorado requires that a number of factors be considered in the calculation, such as the gross incomes of both parents, the amount of time the child spends with each parent, as well as costs for items such as child care and health insurance.
The child support guidelines serve to take much of the decision making out of the hands of individual personalities so that parents in similar circumstances now pay similar amounts of child support, regardless of which judge- or the support enforcement unit-does the calculation. Both parents can know ahead of time about how much child support will be ordered for their children.
Domestic violence is destructive. Most victims are women and children. Domestic violence can take many forms:
- Physical Abuse throwing objects at someone, hitting, pushing, shoving, choking, biting, restraining someone
- Verbal and Emotional Abuse name calling, criticism, harassment, threats of violence, isolation from family and friends
- Sexual Abuse rape, sexual exploitation, unwanted sex
- Destruction of pets and property holes in walls, kicking or hitting pets, destroying or damaging belongings
Act now.... but carefully
If you are involved in Domestic Violence, act now but do it carefully. Start by calling the 24 hour crisis line, (970) 241-6704, or call The Resource Center's Latimer House Counseling Services at (970) 241-0324.
If you believe that by establishing and/or enforcing child support will put you and your children in danger of domestic violence you may request "Good Cause". This information can be obtained by contacting your child support worker.
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