Child Custody | Parental Responsibilities
Parenting time and child custody disputes are often the most emotionally challenging part of a 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. Studies found that parents who did not receive “custody” of their children were less likely to pay child support because they felt their parental rights had been revoked.
Today, instead of “child custody” and “visitation,” Colorado family law courts establish “parental responsibilities” and “parenting time” to encourage both parents to participate and acknowledging that while parents may choose to end their marriage, they remain parents.
Colorado divides parental responsibilities into:
- Physical custody, care and control
- Parenting time
- Decision-making regarding 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 equal 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 that 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 skilled in negotiations, mediation and litigation. We are prepared to fight for you.