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If you are battling over custody of your child, there are many factors to consider. Allocation of Parental Responsibilities, as it’s formally named, determines which parent(s) will have decision makings, such as where the child will attend school, the allocated time the parent(s) get to spend with their child through a parenting time schedule, and child support. The Fort Collins child custody lawyers at the Cossitt Law Firm will walk you through each step and ensure that the best interests of you and your children are represented.
Things you should know:
- When the Courts evaluate child custody decisions, the priority and legal standard is the best interests of the child
- Both parents are obligated to support their children
- The courts in Colorado often mandate a parenting class be completed by both parents if minor children are involved
- Parenting plans are modifiable if the modification is directed by the best interest of the child
If Custody is Shared, Do I have to Pay Child Support?
Child support is not required to be paid in every child custody case. Colorado child support law requires the incomes of the parents and the scheduled number of overnights go into calculating child support, and this calculation is what is known as the guideline amount of child support. When the parents agree and good cause exists, the Court may deviate from the guideline amount. When child support is ordered to be paid, it is to be paid until the child turns 19 years old or otherwise emancipates. For dependent and disabled children who will not emancipate, child support can be ordered to be paid after the age of 19 years old.
Can My Child Decide Which Parent they want to live with?
Colorado child custody law allows the judge to consider the wishes of the child as it relates to parenting time, and the court should consider the child’s emotional maturity. There is no age that a child can make this decision, prior to turning 18 years of age or otherwise emancipating.
Utilizing child and family investigators is one way to ensure your child’s wishes are known to the judge. Child therapists and counselors are another source of ensuring the judge knows your child’s wishes as to parenting time. Under limited circumstances, your child may be able to talk directly to the judge in private, but on the Court’s official record.
Do I need a Parenting Plan?
A Parenting Plan is the legal document that details how custody is to be shared. A Parenting Plan can include regular parenting time, holiday and vacation parenting time, as well as other matters like telephone contact and how major decisions are to be made.
If you share child custody in Colorado it could be wise to have a parenting plan in place, even if you and the other parent are currently amicable. While many parents often agree to deviate from the parenting plan schedule, when disagreement arises and parents are not as amicable then the provisions of the parenting plan may be enforced until they are replaced with modified parenting time orders.
I have more questions regarding establishing or modifying child custody, what can I do?
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with the Cossitt Law Firm’s child custody lawyers to learn about your parental rights.
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Formerly known as child visitation, Parenting Time outlines the schedule and conditions under which each parent may see their children. Decision Making defines how major decisions for the children are to be made including those relating to the child’s health and education.
As all families are unique, one form of parenting plan will not meet the needs of every family. The best parenting plan will be well developed and custom tailored to the individuals involved.
Child support is the right of the child. The amount of child support and maintenance to be paid is largely influenced by the gross incomes of each parent and the number of overnights each parent has with the children.
Modification of Child Custody
As life changes, child custody orders may no longer fit your needs or circumstances. When this occurs, seeking a child custody modification can be necessary to officially change court orders related to parenting time and/or decision-making responsibilities.
Frequently Asked Questions about Child Custody
What are the best interest factors for a child?
The Best Interests factors of the Children is the legal standard by which child custody is determined in Colorado.
What are some common parenting time schedules?
A Common Parenting Plan should focus on ensuring the children have quality time with each parent. The courts will actively encourage involvement by both parents whenever possible…
Can we have a parenting plan if one of the parents lives out of state?
Yes, Long Distance Parenting Plans can be crafted to ensure the incorporation of certain elements including practical logistics of exchanges and travel costs, the facilitation of quality time between parents and children, and the maintenance of a cohesive and structured calendar the child can come to enjoy and depend upon.
How will holiday parenting time be decided?
Sharing your children with their other parent can be challenging around the holidays; however, with a holiday parenting time schedule that is crafted by a skilled attorney, the challenges can be reduced or avoided altogether to allow the parents and children the clarity and flexibility needed to meet the parent’s goals
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