Child Custody | Parental Responsibilities

Just because two people are no longer husband and wife, it does not change the fact that they are still mother and father. However, parental responsibility must necessarily be allocated differently after divorce.

The Law Center P.C. is here to guide clients through the challenges of creating effective parenting plans. From our office in Highlands Ranch, we represent men and women throughout Colorado.

Sharing The Responsibility Of Raising Children

The term "child custody" is no longer used in the Colorado family law courts. Instead, the courts use the term "parental responsibility."

Studies found that parents who did not receive "custody" of their children were less likely to pay child support. These parents felt like their parental rights had been revoked. Today, instead of "child custody" and "visitation," Colorado family law courts talk about "parental responsibilities" and "parenting time" in order to encourage both parents to participate.

Colorado divides parental responsibilities into:

  1. Physical custody, care and control
  2. Parenting time
  3. Decision-making in regard to medical care and education

The Courts Prefer 50-50 Parenting Time

The legislature has made it abundantly clear that children deserve two parents whenever possible. This means that 50-50 parenting time is the presumptive norm and the starting point for all discussions.

When the court orders a parental responsibility evaluation, the evaluators watch closely to see whether both parents acknowledge the value of the other or not. Claiming that the child is yours alone can be one of the most detrimental positions to take if you desire parenting time. Instead, we encourage clients to help foster positive relationships between the child and the other parent.

Achieving Results Through Negotiation Or Trial

Although we strongly believe settlement is the best option, we are prepared to take every case to court if necessary. "Work for settlement, prepare for trial" is our creed, and our lawyers are equally at home in negotiations, mediation or litigation. We are prepared to fight for you.

Schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys by calling 303-991-5280 or contact us by email.