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Thomas Jefferson, in 1786, writing to his mentor of law, George Wythe

Legal Thunder’s Knowledge Base provides articles and references to help our visitors and subscribers understand some of the mechanics, laws, and policy behind child support and family law.


Glossary Legal Thunder’s lexicon of legal terms anyone navigating the legal system in a family law context might encounter.

What Is Interest? This article explains the concept of interest, interest rates, and how interest is calculated.

Select Colorado Revised Statutes

C.R.S. § 14-10-114 – Spousal maintenance – advisory guidelines – legislative declaration – definitions.

C.R.S. § 14-10-115 – Child support guidelines – purpose – determination of income – schedule of basic child support obligations – adjustments to basic child support – additional guidelines – child support commission – definitions.

C.R.S. § 14-10-122 – Modification and termination of provisions for maintenance, support, and property disposition – automatic lien – definitions.

C.R.S. § 5-12-101 – Legal rate of interest.

C.R.S. § 14-14-106 – Interest.

Child Support & Spousal Support

Forgiving Child Support Arrears and Waiving Interest on Child Support This article provides some of the legal and policy reasons behind child support arrears forgiveness, who can forgive arrears, who can forgive interest, and under what circumstances.

How Is Interest on Child Support Calculated in Colorado? This article explains the interest rate for child support, the laws upon which it is based, and some of the policy ideas behind it.

How to Read a Support Order This article provides a detailed breakdown of each section of a support order, what the information means, and where to find the information that matters when calculating arrears and interest on arrears.