Children should not have to pay the price for their parents’ decisions to end their marriages. That is why in Colorado and other jurisdictions throughout the nation courts order parents to pay child support. Child support is money that custodial parents may use to provide their children with basic needs as well as to cover costs for their entertainment, activities, and other expenses.

Both of a child’s parents are expected to contribute to their child’s financial well-being. If a child is under the sole physical control of one parent, then the non-custodial parent may be required to pay monthly support for the child’s care. Though child support is a common topic that individuals must address when they choose to get divorced, there are several facts about it that some readers may forget about.

For example, child support is not a rigid calculation. Though guidelines and factors may be used to determine how much child support should be paid, individual circumstances and needs can weigh heavily into modifying the amount of money a child should receive for their care. Additionally, child support is often a weightier obligation than spousal support. If a court decides that a paying parent’s child support obligation may be reduced it will also likely reduce any spousal support obligations.

Parents often make their children a priority when they divorce. No parent wants to create problems for their child, and as such matters of custody and support are often treated with care and consideration during divorce proceedings. Child support is a complex legal concept, though, so readers should seek their own advice on the matter as this post is neither comprehensive on the topic nor offered as legal guidance.