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With the holiday season approaching, this can be a time of incredible joy and incredible anxiety for parents and their children. Custodial parents will experience many emotions during this time, especially when the children are with the other parent for a period of time during the holidays.
Any existing issues such as child support or parenting time can create extra tension. Children are adept and intuitive, and will recognize tension between you and the other parent. Please try and work together on any issues you may be facing before the season arrives, without the children present. Your efforts can make a difference to increase the joy and decrease the anxiety for everyone.
DIFFERENCES TO NOTE BETWEEN FAMILY SUPPORT REGISTRY & CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT:
There are two agencies that work together (so to speak) as well as independently.
- The Family Support Registry (FSR) collects the payments and disperses them, they have no enforcement capabilities.
- Child Support Enforcement (CSE) enforces child support orders with remedies to compel compliance with a support order and various avenues for collecting. Keep on top of your case, be proactive, and make sure you keep in regular contact with your Case Technician as they have many cases to handle.
Here’s something to keep in mind when searching for a particular state’s Judicial Branch on the internet. Most of the branch’s offer online “Self-Help/Forms” with a drop down list of various categories to choose from including Forms & Instructions for completing.
DID YOU KNOW –
Child support is calculated under statutory guidelines. If there has been a “substantial and continuing” change in circumstances, then you may file for a modification. The change in circumstances must amount to a 10% increase or decrease in the current child support order.
When completing Child Support Worksheets, you need to be aware of the new child support guidelines which became effective 1/1/14. If you are trying to calculate retroactive child support that was ordered prior to 1/1/14, you will need to use the guidelines that were in effect at that time. Refer to the guidelines that were in effect prior to 1/1/14.
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PRO SE PARTIES:
If you decide to go to court without an attorney, filing your motion or petition is just the first step. In order to get what you want from the court, you may also need to schedule a hearing or conference, make efforts to resolve the problem without the court, and file additional documents.
Colorado Source: A Parent’s Guide To Child Support
Colorado’s child support guidelines follow a model used in about half of the states in the country. The basic concept is that children should be supported in a manner similar to what they would have been had the family stayed together. The child is said to be entitled to a share of his or her parent’s total incomes. This leads the formula to be called the “income shares” model.
Please take a look at this article from the IRS
Shout out to Dads – please check out this resource.
Were you aware of child support arrearages and the difficulty involved in obtaining a passport?
A nice short article on some factors which constitute income.
While social media can be a source of entertainment, it can also be a source of aggravation if you’re involved in a child support case. Learn what you can do to avoid any possible repercussions on social media to help your case, not harm your case. Please take a look at the link below as it contains pertinent information presented at our previous workshop.
Do you know what your Case Number stands for?
Here’s an example and a breakdown for 07DR901:
07 is for the year
DR is for Domestic Relations
901 is the number of cases so far in that year
When dealing with your child support case, this Case Number should be as quick to recite as your children’s birthdays.
Struggling with addiction, employment, and the ability to pay child support or even your own bills? I urge you to take a look into this program, Colorado Parent Employment Project.
Are you searching for Family Court Facilitators? Here’s an updated list.
Here’s some additional information on the Douglas County Human Services site for submitting your Child Support Application.
Self-Help information for Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert & Lincoln Counties. Please take advantage of this incredible resource!
Looking for a parenting class? Please check this list for your county.
The ABC’s of child support obligation …
THE COURT AND ASSUMPTIONS:
If you are Pro Se, the Self/Help Forms tab guidelines must be followed to the “T”. If a motion is filed in your case and you don’t file a response, then the motion can move forward without your input. Never assume it’s the courts responsibility to set up the hearing as the responsibility falls on the person (petitioner/or respondent) who filed the motion. An ASSUMPTION could very well lose your case based on a response not being filed with the court.
An app for this, an app for that …