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Colorado Divorce Support

The Colorado divorce support is settled by the local court and declared along with the decree of the divorce. If there is no pre nuptial agreement between the spouses regarding the spousal support, child support and division of property, the court takes up the issue of the Colorado divorce support and awards the support in favor the spouse who the court deems fit to get the support. There are different factors that the court considers while deciding on the requirement of the support and the extent of the support.

CO spousal support

Spousal support is not mandatory in all the divorce cases. Though either of the spouses can apply for spousal support the court has the power to reject or accept it. The issue of the spousal support essentially depends on the circumstances and hence can vary from case to case. The Colorado spousal support is given by the court on the basis of the Colorado Statutes - Article 10 - Sections: 14-10-114, 14-10-117. The court can order a temporary or a permanent spousal support. The type of the spousal support and extent of the support is determined after considering the following factors,
  1. Duration of the marriage.
  2. Standard of living during the marriage.
  3. Age and health of the spouses.
  4. Earning capacity, education, past work experience of the spouses.
  5. Property and income from property.
  6. The capacity of the payer to pay the support.
CO child support - Article 10 - Sections: 14-10-115, 14-10-117:

In Colorado the court can order a sole or joint responsibility for paying the child support that is considered the prime responsibility of the parents of the minor child in the time of the divorce. As the Colorado divorce support laws the child support in the state is calculated on the basis of the Income Shares Model. The amount of the child support that is calculated as per guideline is then proportionally divided among both the parents as per their income percentage.

CO property distribution in divorce - Article 10 - Sections: 14-20-113:

Colorado being an "equitable distribution" state the marital property here is divided among the spouses equitable. The equitable does not necessarily mean that the property is equally divided. Rather it is divided reasonably by the court considering the following factors,
  • The contribution of each spouse while acquiring the property.
  • The value of the property
  • The financial state of each spouse
  • The willingness to let the other spouse use the family home.
According to Colorado divorce laws, the local court decides on the issues of Colorado divorce support to ensure that the separated spouses do not face any financial hardship after the divorce. The Colorado divorce support is arranged in such a way that the divorced partners can continue to maintain the same standard of life even after the divorce. The issues of spousal support, child support and properties are decided by the court to ensure proper justice and equal benefits for the both the parties.

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