How is child support enforced in Colorado?

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2020 | Child Custody |

As part of a divorce, divorcing parents will reach child custody and child support agreements. Parents are required to abide by a child support order so they should also be familiar with how child support orders are enforced and other child support resources the family law process provides. Divorce and the aftermath can be difficult but understanding the tools to help can be useful.

Child support enforcement methods in Colorado

Child support enforcement measures in Colorado can include:

  • Fines;
  • Denial of passport applications;
  • Driver’s license suspensions;
  • Recreational and professional license suspensions;
  • Wage garnishment or income tax interception;
  • Federal charges if you leave the state; or
  • Federal charges if the amount owed is significant; and
  • Contempt charges and possible jail time.

How does child support enforcement help custodial parents?

Child support enforcement measures can help recipient parents seeking to enforce a child support order. The family law process provides resources for paying parents as well who are struggling to pay child support, including possible child support modification options divorced parents should be familiar with. A child support modification can be requested by either parent and may be granted based on a significant change in circumstances, such as the loss of a job or significant change in income.

It is important to keep in mind that parents need to continue to comply with a child support order until any changes have been made and approved by the family law court. Divorcing parents should generally be familiar with all the different types of resources available through the family law process to help address their child support, child custody and other divorce-related concerns.