Child Support and Maintenance Calculation
The calculation of child support and maintenance can work like a slot machine. You put the numbers in and the answer pops out. If you are a couple that agrees on all the numbers, you can just go online and plug the numbers in for income, overnights, health insurance, daycare etc., using the spreadsheet provided by the courts.
Of course, there is no guarantee against sticker shock for the person who has to pay, and perhaps it will not seem like enough for the one who receives. One of the good things about the spreadsheet available from the court is that is does include a considerable amount of help so that you can avoid errors in completing the form. Once you have downloaded the software and have it running on your computer, look for small blue circles with a white “?” on them. Click these for help.
If you are struggling with accepting the answers from the spreadsheet, but want a last chance to avoid expensive professional help with working things out, then you might try Colorado’s Division of Child support Services. Child support services will help whenever there is child support involved. They are a good deal with their $20 lifetime fee for service. For example, if jobs change there may be a need to modify a child support order, if you try to do this through the courts, you will pay over one hundred dollars just to file a single motion to modify. Once enrolled, you can always go back to Child Support Services for further assistance at no additional charge.
If Child Support Services seems like yet another foreign language to learn, in addition to the legalese of the courts, then you may be interested in this really neat online resource. This helps you learn about child support services without having to absorb the contents of their entire website. It is not a video, but more of a narrated slide presentation, with clickable links to useful information.
Mediation on child support is just not needed in every case. However, it can help when agreements do have to be made about income for parents who are self employed or under-employed. Mediation is also very helpful when a couple has good reason to negotiate and request a deviation from the support guidelines. When maintenance is at issue, mediation can be especially helpful if one or both parties are having a difficult time accepting the guideline results. The alternative to a mediated outcome is going through disclosure and discovery, and perhaps a long contested case in court.