J. J. Vick, Attorney at Law 970-498-9828

J. J. Vick, Attorney at Law

Fort Collins Office:
3555 Stanford Road, Suite 206
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Telephone: 970-498-9828
Fax: 970-498-9733

Greeley Office:
710 11th Avenue, Suite 110
Greeley, CO 80631
Telephone: 970-392-9585
Fax: 970-346-9053

Child Custody and Child Support

More Than 35 Years of Family Law Experience

The lasting impact of a child support and child custody order is significant. These are important issues that affect not just the best interests of the child but also the lives of both the mother and the father. Essentially, child support and child custody decisions affect, at a minimum, the lives of three people. Regardless of whether you were married, unmarried or had a common law marriage, it is crucial to get a child custody and child support order litigated properly and with an experienced attorney.

At J.J. Vick, Attorney at Law, I have more than 35 Years of family law experience. I provide thorough and effective child custody and child support advice and representation to all my clients. If you are interested in discussing your divorce/dissolution or child custody matter with me, please contact me by e-mail and schedule a consultation. You can also call me at 970-498-9828 in Fort Collins or 970-392-9585 in Greeley.

Common Law Marriages in Colorado

Many people are surprised to learn that the Colorado courts do recognize common law marriages as valid marriages. A common law marriage is valid and recognized under Colorado case law. The critical issue is whether a couple held themselves out to third persons that they are husband and wife. By way of an example, by having a car insurance policy that reflects a couple as husband and wife this can be evidence that the parties held themselves out to others as being married. Common law marriages are subject to all the same child custody, child support, and division of assets and debts laws as ceremonial marriages. One is just as valid as the other.

Child Custody: Allocation of Parental Responsibilities

A child custody case where the parents have never married is referred to as an "allocation of parental responsibilities case." The major issue is who has the primary care and control of the child. Who is going to be the "residential parent?" Shared custody maybe the goal between parents; but this is not necessarily a fifty-fifty split and works best for parents who live within the same community.

The decision-making authority to be determined by the courts is based on four major areas:

  • Medical/dental (health care)
  • Education (schooling)
  • Religious upbringing
  • Extra-curricular activities

"Parenting time" is the proper term for visitation in Colorado. The court will determine exactly how must time each parent gets with the child. How much time does the non-primary care parent receive? In shared-custody arrangements? What about major holidays, summers, spring breaks or if a parent lives out of state? These are all issues that a parenting time agreements needs to address.

Establishing Child Support

Child support amounts are established pursuant to Colorado statute (Section 14-10-115, C.R.S.). The principal factors used to calculate child support include the gross income of both parents, number of overnights each parent has and the cost of day care and medical insurance cost for the child only. Child support continues until the child reaches the age of 19, with some legal exceptions (ex. emancipation). That is why I always stress to my clients the importance of these orders as they can last for many, many, years.

Contact a Greeley Child Support Attorney

To discuss your child custody or child support matter, contact me by e-mail or call me at 970-498-9828 in Fort Collins or 970-392-9585 in Greeley.

Former president of the Larimer County Bar Association
Former chairman of Larimer County Legal Aid Program
Former instructor of business law at Colorado State University
Lieutenant (junior grade) with the JAG Corp, United States Naval Reserves
American Society of Legal Advocates - selected top 100 Litigation Lawyer in State of Colorado


J. J. Vick, Attorney at Law

Fort Collins Office:
3555 Stanford Road, Suite 206
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Telephone: 970-498-9828
Fax: 970-498-9733

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Greeley Office:
710 11th Avenue, Suite 110
Greeley, CO 80631
Telephone: 970-392-9585
Fax: 970-346-9053

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At the offices of J. J. Vick, Attorney at Law, with locations in Fort Collins and Greeley, I represent individuals throughout Larimer County, Weld County and Jackson County in Northern Colorado, including Loveland, Estes Park, Wellington, Longmont, Johnstown, Eaton, Firestone, Windsor, LaSalle, Evans and Erie.