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Child Support Commission Recommendations

Concerning legislative recommendations of the Colorado child support commission, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2019 Regular Session
Children & Domestic Matters
Bill Summary

The bill includes changes to statute recommended by the Colorado child support commission, including:

  • Adding a definition for "mandatory school fees";
  • Adding required federal factors that a court or delegate child support enforcement unit must consider when determining potential income of a parent who is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed;
  • Reducing from 30 months to 24 months the length of time after birth that a custodial parent has before income is imputed;
  • Changing how income is imputed for a parent sentenced to incarceration for 180 days or more;
  • Changing provisions relating to imputing income to a noncustodial parent who is attending postsecondary education;
  • Increasing the self-support reserve for purposes of calculating child support from $1,100 to $1,500;
  • Creating a $10 minimum order for noncustodial parents with income under $650;
  • Making adjustments to the child support guidelines for parents with a combined, adjusted gross income up to $3,450;
  • Requiring the noncustodial parent to notify the custodial parent if a child is eligible for dependent benefits based on the noncustodial parent's retirement or disability and establishing time frames for the custodial parent to apply for dependent benefits;
  • Clarifying that the Colorado child support commission is required under federal law to consider child support guidelines at least once every 4 years and shall report to the general assembly;
  • Requiring a verified copy of a support judgment to be provided to all parties upon filing with the court;
  • Authorizing the state child enforcement agency to issue a notice of administrative lien and levy to any financial institution holding an obligor parent's account for an obligor who is past due on child support owed to a child for whom the obligee is receiving support enforcement services from the state; and
  • Increases the fee charged for child support enforcement services from $25, after the first $500 is collected, to $35 after the first $550 is collected, and creates a cash fund for the department of human services (department) to allow the department to spend a portion of the state share of the fee on program operations.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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