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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
In the original child support order, the payors base salary of $85,000 was used as “estimated income” for the calculation. It was known that actual income would likely increase based on the potential of receiving a performance bonus of “up to $10,000”, which was clearly stated the employment contract.
At the end of the payors contract, a $10,000 bonus was paid, resulting in actual salary of $95,000 for that year. This is greater than a 10% difference.
Pursuant to Colorado child support law (C.R.S. § 14-10-115), bonuses need to be factored into the amount of Child Support received. Is the payor required to back pay the difference in child support that resulted from underestimating actual income.for that period of time? Is there a penalty for underestimating income used in child support calculations?
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Family Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
 replied 4 months ago

Yes, this would be grounds for requesting that the court revisit the child support order.

Bonuses are in fact supposed to be calculated into your child support order.

You should request that judge review your current child support order and make the appropriate adjustments.

Here is the form you'll need:

https://childsupport.state.co.us/siteuser/do/vfs/Read?file=/cm:Forms/cm:Review_x0020_and_x0020_Adjustment_x0020_Final_x0020_Document.pdf

You may also find this resource to be helpful:

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/programs/css/changing_a_child_support_order.pdf

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you for your response. What I would like to request from the Judge is as follows.I request that the court order Mrs. Taavialma to pay Mr. Taavialma $945.24 in underpaid child support for the time period from July 1, 2016 to August 30, 2017. This is as a result of the bonus that was not included.I request that the court order Mrs. Taavialma to pay Mr. Taavialma $871.95 in underpaid child support for the time period from July 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017. This is because her new contract started on July 1st, but she did not pay the new amount until December 1st.Moving forward, Mrs. Taavialma and I both agree that on the new child support amount.She has a lawyer, and I have made my request through him, and it was denied. We went to mediation, but we were not able to come to an agreement.Her lawyer says that my motion has no legal grounds, and is frivolous. I personally think that the request is fair and reasonable.What do you think?Thank you!David
Family Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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There is a document review service that would allow me to look over the document you sent, there is a small additional fee, but if you'd like to do that it is much cheaper than having a sit down with an attorney to review it.

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