By now, the vast majority of Colorado parents understand the significant role that child support has in the overall stability in a child's life. However, unexpected situations can and do arise in which a parent is unable to meet his or her parental responsibilities. When instances like that arise, it is important to petition the court for a modification of the child support order in as timely a manner as possible.
A local dentist experienced this first hand after his practicing license was suspended for failure to make his court-ordered child support payments. Under state law, many different licensed professionals can face suspension should they fall behind on support. Even if a parent is attempting to make payments, if he or she pays less than half of the monthly support order while being six months or more behind, he or she will likely still have to face suspension.
How much child support the dentist owes was not disclosed, but he recently had to contend with other financial and legal problems. In one instance, he was sued for over $40,000 by an unsatisfied patient. In another, he was accused of defaulting on a $1.18 million loan.
From employment changes to financial disasters, an individual who was once financially stable can be easily rocked out of balance with little notice. However, without a modified support order, action can still be taken in an attempt to collect unpaid support. However, most Colorado judges would agree that a parent maintaining parental responsibilities by paying what he or she is able to is much better than that parent paying nothing, losing his or her job and being left unable to make any type of payment at all. When life changes devastate finances, parents might want to consider petitioning the court to have a child support order modified to a more reasonable amount.
Source: dailycamera.com, "State shuts down Boulder dentist over failure to pay child support", Charlie Brennan, June 11, 2015