Child Support and Spousal Maintenance Law Firm in Colorado Springs, Colorado
At the time of divorce, one of the most contentious issues is assessing the financial security of both parties and the children. Whether you are concerned about custody, spousal maintenance, or the division of assets, it is critical to work with an experienced legal team that can protect your rights. At the Law Office of Greg Quimby, P.C., our attorneys have the trial skills and dedication to effectively assert your rights.
Contact an experienced legal team to protect your financial security after a divorce.
Child support is the right of the child, not the parent. Every parent has a duty to financially support his or her children until they reach the age of emancipation or the age of 19. Whether you are in a divorce settlement period or you are an unmarried couple in a dispute over child support, experienced legal advocacy will be an asset in protecting your child's best interests and your own financial security.
How Does the Court Determine the Amount of Child Support to be Paid?
In most cases, the courts will follow child support guidelines to determine the amount of child support to be paid. These guidelines consider the gross income of both parties, the number of children involved, the number of overnights each parent has, payment of day care expenses and payment of health insurance. While there are standards, there are also deviations based on the individual circumstances of the parties. Our attorneys can help you assert your rights to collect the child support your children deserve, or prevent against unmanageable child support obligations.
Spousal maintenance is an amount paid to a dependent spouse to maintain a certain standard of living after a divorce. Whether you are seeking to collect spousal maintenance or alimony, or you want to defend against maintenance obligations, we can effectively articulate your rights and best interests to the court.
How Does the Court Determine the Amount of Spousal Maintenance?
The court will make a determination based on the continuing of a lifestyle for both spouses. The court will assess the needs of the lesser earning spouse and the ability of the higher earning spouse to contribute. Some factors may include the education of both parties, the standard of living at the time of the divorce, the age of the parties, and the duration of the marriage.
As of January of 2014 the law for spousal maintenance has been modified. The law now provides the court with guidelines and specific findings that the court must make to be able to award or deny spousal maintenance. The court may or may not follow the guidelines to determine the amount of spousal maintenance to be paid as well as the duration of spousal maintenance.
Allocation of Assets and Debts: At the time of divorce, the court allocates assets and debts based on what is viewed as an equitable division. In most cases, the courts begin at the premise of fifty-fifty, but then take into account the earning power of both parties. Pensions are sizeable marital assets that need to be divided by the court. If you are concerned about a pension or asset division, contact the Law Office of Greg Quimby, P.C., Our attorneys can handle the difficult aspects of transferring portions of the pension from one spouse to the other.
Contact the Law Office of Greg Quimby, P.C. to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced family law lawyer in Colorado Springs, Colorado.