The Colorado Method for child support is often used in shared or equal parenting situations. Generally, the family courts require that the parties share physical custody of the child(ren) for at least 40% of the time.
The formula utilizes the percentage of shared parenting and the child support guidelines. It is applied as follows:
While this method has been utilized by some family courts and upheld by the Kentucky Court of Appeals, child support deviations remain under the discretion of each individual family court. It is important to know how the family court presiding over your case has ruled in the past and what proof they required to deviate from the guidelines. If you have questions contact an experienced family law attorney to discuss child support in more detail.