December 2021 | 2021 COA145 (Co. Ct. App. 2021)

In re Stradtmann (Colorado 2021)

Under Colorado statute, child support can be retroactive to the date of the parent’s separation, the date of the filing of the petition, or the date of service on the responding parent, whichever date is later. The final decree in this divorce case ordered child support retroactive to February 2019, the date of the parent’s separation. The father appealed this provision arguing this date didn’t comply with the statutory requirements. The appellate court agreed and the mother conceded. The mother was served in March. The appellate court vacated the term of the order awarding support prior to the date of service on the mother.

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