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Family Law Software can calculate child support guideline amounts in 21 states.

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Question: I have enough overnights for shared custody (Worksheet B), so why is the software using sole custody (Worksheet A)?

Answer: Colorado law provides that if the shared calculation (Worksheet B) results in a higher child support amount then the sole calculation (Worksheet A), then the sole calculation should be used, even if the number of overnights would indicate a shared calculation.

Under the Colorado formula, it is possible that the shared custody calculation would result in a higher payment than the sole custody calculation, and the law wants to prevent parents who take more custody from being "punished" by having increased child support when they do so.

So the law provides that, if the sole custody calculation gives a lower number, then the sole custody calculation should be used, even if the number of overnights would dictate that shared custody calculation applies.

If that situation applies, the software will post a note on the Key Support Data screen, right below the entry of the children, and on the worksheet itself, near the title.


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