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Child Custody and the Colorado Courts
Important Issues Surrounding Child Custody and Your Rights as a Parent
Custody plans, or parenting plans, can be some of the hardest aspects of divorce. Good plans require cooperation from both parents. Parents who put their kids first can develop a parenting plan that is flexible, fair, and in the best interests of their children. By familiarizing yourself with the court’s expectations, you’ll be better able to meet both yours and your children’s goals.
Learn more about parenting plans in Colorado by reading the following topics:
- Emergency parenting time
- Splitting time
- Best interest of the child
- Parenting time schedules
- Supervised time
- Parenting time
- How is custody determined?
Understanding Parenting Plans
We’ve used the word “custody” here only because that’s what most people think of when they talk about time with their kids after a divorce. Colorado law doesn’t recognize the word. Instead, we talk about “parenting time” and “decision-making.”
Parenting time addresses dates, times and places, answering questions such as:
- How will the week be split up between the two homes?
- Where will transitions occur?
- What are the arrangements for holiday parenting time?
- What will summer schedules look like?
The best way to keep a parenting plan from becoming contentious is to make it extremely detailed. This provides certainty and security. You can always make changes to the parenting time by agreement of the parties. In our experience, the more detailed the plan, the more likely it is to work. The less detailed the plan, the more likely it is that unanticipated circumstances will arise and cause conflict.
Decision-Making & Parental Plans in Colorado
Who decides which school a child attends, which church they go to, which doctor they see? These decisions have lasting effects on the well-being and development of a child. Because of this, courts separately consider each parent’s ability to make wise decisions for the child. Decision-making responsibility is allocated accordingly.
The court will determine if the parents are able to work together on all decisions, or whether the decision-making responsibility should be divided up. Another consideration for determining decision-making may be a review of how the family reached decisions before the divorce began. How did the parents select the doctor, the school, or the day care? These factors will play a role in the final decision.
You Need the Right Child Custody Lawyer on Your Side
Custody battles can be the most expensive aspect of any Colorado family law case. Not only do these conflicts exhaust bank accounts, but they can cause irrevocable harm to the parents and the children if handled incorrectly. Entering into a high-conflict custody case should be a carefully considered option with realistic goals.
Many of these fights are necessary. There’s no escaping a conflict when you feel your child is in danger, or when the other parent makes false accusations. In these and many other circumstances, parents have little choice but to engage in a legal battle. In these cases, it becomes even more important to use cost-saving measures.
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Our team of child custody lawyers in Denver is proud to employ numerous cost-saving techniques to benefit our clients. For example, we use the top technology available and keep our fees reasonable. You can trust us with your custody case. When the stakes are high, Johnson Márquez Legal Group can fight for you.
Contact our Denver family law firm today at (303) 394-3030.