Spousal and Child Support
In a divorce in Colorado, the court may require one or both parents to provide financial support to their underage children. Child support is aimed to cover the basic needs of the child. Spousal misconduct typically is not taken into account in the child support order. Nevertheless, the court shall consider the financial resources of the child, the standard of life that the child had before the separation, financial resources available to the custodial parent, the physical and emotional condition of the child, etc.
The state of Colorado follows the Income Shares Model to determine the exact amount of child support. The necessary amount of support shall be calculated based on the total net income of both parents, which shall be divided in proportion to the income of the spouses.