Parental Responsibilities in CO: Know Your State’s Laws

A gavel and colourful letters regarding child-custodyDivorce, as complex as it already is, becomes even more complicated when children are involved. And as a parent, you most likely just want to shoulder all the burden, seeing that you only desire what’s best for your kids.

As such, The Burnham Law Firm, P.C. suggests that before you take any step involving any child-support matter, it’s best that you first arm yourself with knowledge of parental responsibilities as known in the State of Colorado.

From “child custody” to “parental responsibilities”

Nearly two decades have passed since The Centennial State has changed how it called child custody. Since 1999, any situation or issue relating to family law involving children falls under “parental responsibilities.” Note though, that both terms refer and apply to the same things following a divorce or separation. These include the parent the children live with, the parent who makes the major decisions for the child, and the visitation rights of non-custodial parents as well as grandparents.

The decision making process: Everything based on the child’s best interests

The CO family courts base their parental responsibility decisions on what they believe is in the best interests of the child. This is why judges take into consideration many different factors and not just the wants of the parents. If the child is already in proper reasoning-age, the court may already consider his/her wishes.

Furthermore, how things stand between you and your little one will also affect the judge’s decision when it comes to your rights over taking care or being with your child.

Shared or joint custody issues

In most cases, Colorado judges prefer having both parents share parental responsibilities. However, there are some cases wherein sole parental responsibilities may be a wiser decision, especially when there is proof of abuse, maltreatment, or neglect.

This is quite a problematic matter though, so if you wish to gain sole custody, you should have a well-prepared case against your spouse. A licensed family law practitioner can prove invaluable in such cases.