Getting divorced is seldom a pleasant experience. In fact, many divorces are messy and painful, leaving behind shattered dreams, broken hearts and fractured families. The simplicity or complexity of any divorce is usually determined by whether or not a parting couple can come to an amicable agreement regarding the custody of any minor children from the marriage and the division of marital property and assets.
When a noncustodial parent is unwilling or unable to pay child support, the children are the ones who suffer. The costs of raising a child in Colorado can quickly add up, leaving the custodial parent with ongoing financial needs. The recent outcome of the child support dispute between Dennis Rodman and his ex-wife offers hope for parents fighting for the money they need for their children's everyday expenses.
Whatever their family background, children have a right to be supported by both parents. The court system and child support guidelines in Colorado and elsewhere typically provide for all children to be supported by their parents, even if one parent does not have custody of the child. Despite their best efforts, however, the courts have yet to find a way to stop men and women from having children that they cannot afford, and child support enforcement is difficult and costly. This is a problem not just in Colorado, but nationwide.
Providing for the welfare of children is one of the most important duties of a family law court. While courts are traditionally seen as preferring situations that allow children to remain with their parents wherever possible, certain groups may face discrimination in child custody cases. Those who feel they have not received due consideration or who are at the start of a custody case in which a disabled parent may be a factor will find it important to understand the protections the law affords them.
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