By: Michelle L. Searcy
At the most basic level, the Colorado child support calculation is based on the combined income of the parents, the number of children and the number of overnights exercised by each parent in Colorado. Calculating income for a parent with a job that issues a W-2 is a fairly straight forward process. However, less traditional forms of income have the potential to complicate calculating child support. One of the more difficult issues in determining child support occur when a disability occurs with parents, step-parents, or children. This article addresses those issues under the child support statute, section 14-10-115, C.R.S.
However, death and disability payments are treated differently depending on who is disabled (or deceased) and who is the named recipient of the benefit. These distinctions determine whether the benefit is considered as income to the parent, income to the child, or an offset against a child support obligation. As set forth below, the interplay between child support and social security benefits can be somewhat complex. Continue reading