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Denver Colorado Divorce Law Blog

What happens when your co-parent doesn’t pay their child support?

Throughout the divorce process, many parents strive to shield their children from any divorce-related conflict. As the adults, you feel that it’s unfair to put your children in the middle of adult problems. This is sometimes difficult when it comes to receiving the court-ordered child support.

When one parent chooses not to pay or not maintain employment that enables them to pay, it hurts your children, not just you. The good news is that the state of Colorado is on your side when it comes to parents who are voluntarily underemployed to avoid their child support responsibilities.

What role could a vocational evaluator play in your divorce?

Income is a key factor in determining child support and spousal maintenance. Do you suspect that your spouse is manipulating their income figures to avoid paying child support or spousal maintenance? Does your spouse have unrealistic expectations regarding your income?

Will I receive maintenance?

One of the first questions divorcing people ask is how will they support themselves financially during the divorce process and after the divorce is finalized. Anyone who sacrificed pursuing a career or attending higher education to focus on their family or marriage, or is the lower earning spouse, will certainly feel the stress. However, financial assistance in the form of maintenance is often available.

Maintenance, also referred to as "alimony" or "spousal support", is money paid from one spouse to the other while the divorce is pending and/or after it has been finalized. Maintenance is not guaranteed in Colorado, but there are several factors that can make it a possibility for those who need it.