What is Parenting Time?
In Colorado, “parenting time” is a court-ordered amount of time that a non-custodial parent can spend with their child. There is no set amount of parenting time that each parent can receive. Instead, the court determines parenting time during a custody or visitation hearing.
Parenting time orders are more common for non-custodial parents than for primary caregivers. Most parents are entitled to at least some parenting time unless the court has terminated their rights.
What Does the Court Look at When Determining Parenting Time?
The Courts determine parenting plans to promote the best interest of the child. Here are a few of the factors that are considered relevant in determining the best interest of the child:
- The wishes of the parents
- The wishes of the child
- The child’s interactions and relationships with the parents, brothers, sisters, and others important to the child
- The child’s adjustment to home, school, and community
- The mental and physical health of all individuals involved
- The ability of the parents to encourage the sharing of love, affection, and contact between the child and the other parent
- Whether the past pattern of parental involvement with the child reflects a system of values, time commitment, and mutual support
- The physical distance between the parents
What are Common Parenting Time Schedules?
Alternating Weeks – The child or children will spend one week with one parent and the next week with the other parent.
Two Weeks on Two Weeks Off – The child or children spend two weeks with one parent and then two weeks with the other parent.
3-4-4-3 Schedule – The child or children spends three days with one parent, the next four days with the other parent, then the child spends four days with the first parent, followed by three days with the other parent.
2-2-5-5 Schedule – The child or children spends two days with each parent and then five days with each parent.
2-2-3 Schedule – The child or children spends two days with one parent, then two days with the other parent, followed by days with the first parent. The following week the pattern will switch.
Parenting time agreements can be stressful for children and teenagers. Your child may feel like their life is split in half between you and their other parent. They may also still be recovering from the divorce, separation, or another event that led to the visitation agreement. It is important to focus on what is in their best interest.
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