How is child support calculated in Colorado?

People wonder how child support is calculated in Colorado.  Basically, back in the 1980's, Colorado passed a Child Support Guideline utilizing the gross income of both parties.  If one party does not have an income, an imputed income based upon potential earning is used.  Other factors to consider: additional child support obligations, other children, day care expense, medical insurance premiums, and extraordinary expenses required by the minor children.  A parent’s personal expenses are not taken into consideration only the parent’s gross income.  These figures are used to complete the Child Support Guideline dictating the amount of child support that will be ordered.  Even judges have very little discretion; the law states that for a judge to deviate from the result of the Child Support Guideline, there must be circumstances so unique that the guideline is blantantly unfair.