The terms child custody in Colorado no longer applies, much like the term visitation. The phrase “child custody” has been replaced by “parenting responsibility,” which is broken into two separate areas, decision-making and parenting time. Decision making involves how major decisions regarding a minor child will be made such as religious, medical and school activities. Parenting time involves the amount of time the child will spend with each parent, including vacation and holiday parenting time.
A parenting plan is also a common term used in family law proceedings. A parenting plan is the formal legal document that incorporates and memorializes the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time arrangements into a formal legal document, which is ultimately adopted as an order of the court.
The parties are then obligated to follow the terms and provisions contained in their parenting plan. If a party’s circumstances change or another statutory criteria is met, either party may move to have the terms and provisions of the parenting plan modified.
Child custody disputes in Colorado are frequently resolved by the retention of a Child Family Investigator (CFI) or a Parental Responsibility Evaluator (PRE). The cost for a CFI is far less than a PRE but is a less thorough evaluation. At Graf & Associates, P.C. we will evaluate your needs and perform a cost-benefit analysis to obtain the best outcome for your case.
Child Custody in Colorado consists of parenting time (visitation) and decision making. The visitation (parenting time) schedule is based on the best interests of the child. Decision making determines who will make major decisions regarding the upbringing of your children.