Colorado Paternity

Posted by admin on April 27th, 2006

Colorado paternity is similar to other states. Voluntary orders or court orders are used to establish paternity. This depends quite a bit on the situation. If both parents are willing to participate, the process may go a lot smoother. If not, then a long road is ahead for you and possibly your children. Paternity is very important to a child and it can benefit them in their future.

In Colorado, the state is considered to be gender neutral. However in reality this is not the case. The courts do give mothers an upper hand when it comes to deciding custody. Mothers tend to be homemakers and are able to stay at home with their children. This makes mothers highly accessible to the needs of their children. If they do work, their jobs have more flexible schedules than the fathers. Fathers are considered the primary wage earners therefore their job is considered more difficult. Family sometimes takes a backseat to their work. The age of a child plays a significant role too. Judges find it difficult to place a young child away from their mother. The separation is deemed unhealthy. Not to say that fathers are not capable, but a caring, nurturing bond is attributed more to a mothers care. Colorado is moving towards parenting of equal time. We will have to wait for that change and hope for the best results.

There are two common ways to establish paternity. One way is voluntary. This requires a document to be signed by both parties. The other way is when the father denies paternity. A court date will be enforced in which both parents must attend. A judge will decide all the matters concerned the child and his or her care. Custody, support, and visitation are among what is to be discussed. When an alleged father is found to be the biological father, he has to support the child until the age of 19 or if emancipation is granted by the court at a younger age. The courts do not allow either party to waive child support. They prohibit the use of child support for items that are necessary for a child to live. Diapers and toys are not considered as part of child support. Money given directly to the child from the parent is not considered support either. These are needs and wants expected by parents to be administered for their children. Once a child turns 19 the parent that was ordered to pay child support has to officially stop the order. This is the parent’s obligation, not the courts. Children must be cared for in every way possible. This is a lot to consider when considering having them or not. Once a baby is born, they are your responsibility forever. There is no turning back.

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