Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
In Colorado, the allocation of parental responsibilities encompasses two important components:
The parenting time, meaning the time each parent spends with a child
- The parental decision making responsibilities, meaning the legal authority to make important decisions regarding a child’s health, wellbeing and upbringing.
The allocation of parental responsibilities can be divided up in various ways in Colorado, depending on the specifics of a case.
At The Datz Law Firm, our trusted Broomfield custody lawyers are dedicated to providing parents with the best representation to help them favorably resolve these issues so they can get back to what matters most – raising and spending time with their children.
Allocation of Parental Responsibilities: The Best Interests of the Child
When parents cannot agree on the allocation of parental responsibilities, the courts will step in to facilitate a resolution. The single most important factor the court will focus on when resolving such custody-related issues is what is in the child’s best interests.
Specifically, determining what is in the child’s best interests will involve evaluating what:
- Ensures and protects the child’s physical safety
- Promotes the child’s emotional and developmental needs.
Allocating Parenting Time
For decisions regarding parenting time allocations, the court will not necessarily split parenting time 50-50 between the parents. Instead, in evaluating what would be in the best interests of a child, the court will consider factors that include (but may not be limited to):
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- The mental and physical health of each parent and the child
- Each parent’s criminal history and/or history of abuse/domestic violence (when applicable)
- Each parent’s willingness to foster a loving relationship between the child and the other parent
- The proximity of the parents (i.e., how close the parents live to each other)
- Whether the child will have to adjust to a new community, home and/or school.
The court will also consider the parents’ wishes regarding parenting time. The child’s wishes will also be considered, so long as the child is mature enough to express these wishes to the court.
Allocating Parental Decision-Making Responsibilities
Although parenting time and parental decision-making responsibilities can go hand-in-hand, the court has the authority to divide up these allocations in any way it sees fit, depending on the circumstances of a case. This can mean that the courts order that:
- Parental decision-making responsibilities are split up evenly between the parents.
- One parent has 100 percent of the decision-making responsibilities.
- One parent is responsible for making certain decisions regarding the child while the other parent has the authority to make other decisions for the child. For instance, the court may order that the father has the authority to make decisions regarding health care and education while the mother has the authority to make decisions regarding religious upbringing and extracurricular activities.
Broomfield Custody Lawyers at The Datz Law Firm
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