In Colorado, the law allows both parents to have time with their children, rather than giving sole custody to one parent. One parent is generally designated as the primary residential parent, and the other parent is granted parenting time. At Novo Legal, our experienced attorneys believe in keeping the best interest of the child at the forefront of all negotiations and coming up with a fair plan for child custody visitation.
Determining Parenting Time
When determining parenting time, factors that are considered include day to day schedules, drop-off or pick-up arrangements, and vacation or holiday schedules. The decisions surrounding these factors are always made with the best interest of the child in mind. The court will also consider other factors including, but not limited to:
- The wishes of the child if he/she is mature enough to express preferences
- The wishes of the child’s parents
- Adjustment to the child’s school and home
- The relationship between the child and other family members who may affect the child’s best interest
- Physical proximity the parties have to one another related to practical considerations of parenting time
- The ability each party has to place the child’s needs above their own
When discussing child custody visitation rights, the decision making powers must also be determined. This addresses how major decisions will be made regarding such things as education, medical treatment, extracurricular activities, and religion, as well as which parent will be making the decisions. In some cases, both parents may be required to make those decisions jointly. The courts will consider factors including, but not limited to:
- Evidence of each parties ability to make decisions together and cooperate
- Whether or not one parent has been a perpetrator of neglect or child abuse
- Whether or not either parent has committed spousal abuse
Parenting Time Modification and Enforcement
At times, modifications to parenting time and decision making are necessary due to a change in the child’s needs, living situation, or if the child is in danger by living or spending time with one parent. Additionally, if one parent is not honoring the existing child custody visitation agreement, enforcement may be necessary. If you need assistance in petitioning the court to enforce or modify the current court order, Novo Legal can help.
Sometimes throughout the course of a child custody visitation order, one parent may decide to relocate outside of Colorado. If this happens, the parenting time of the other parents can be affected. In most cases, Colorado courts must grant consent before a parent can relocate a child to another state. Novo Legal can help you navigate the legal issues that will arise in a relocation.
Contact Novo Legal for Custody Visitation Assistance
Regardless of the circumstances that lead you to divorce, Novo Legal and the state of Colorado will help you create a plan that is in the best interest of the child while also attempting to be fair to both parents. Contact us today to discuss custody visitation.