Types of Child Custody in Colorado

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Types of Child Custody in Colorado

In Colorado, as with many states, child custody arrangements are an essential part of divorce or separation proceedings. These arrangements determine how the parents will allocate responsibilities and parenting time. Understanding the different types of child custody in Colorado is important for making informed decisions that prioritize the child’s well-being.

The court will make decisions about child custody based on the best interests of the child. Here in Colorado, custody is referred to as parenting time. The court will consider a variety of factors, including the child’s relationship with each parent, the parents’ ability to provide a stable home, and any relevant evidence presented. The court may also consider the wishes of the child, depending on their age and maturity level.

Physical Custody

Physical custody refers to where the child will primarily live. It involves the day-to-day care and responsibilities of the child. Parents can have either shared or sole physical custody.

Joint Physical Custody

Both parents have significant periods of parenting time with the child, ensuring a balance in their involvement. Establishing a detailed parenting plan is crucial for effective co-parenting.

Sole Physical Custody

In this arrangement, one parent has the majority of parenting time and responsibilities. The non-custodial parent may still have visitation rights or parenting time, as defined in a parenting plan.

Legal Custody

Decision-making authority gives parents the power to make important decisions about the child’s upbringing, including education, healthcare, and religious practices. Parents can have either shared or sole decision-making authority

Joint Legal Custody

Both parents have an equal say in major decisions affecting the child’s life, and they must collaborate and communicate effectively to make these decisions together.

Sole Legal Custody

One parent has the sole authority to make major decisions regarding the child’s upbringing. The non-custodial parent may still have input and access to information, but the final decision-making power lies with the custodial parent.

In Colorado, the court encourages parents to create a parenting plan that outlines the details of custody arrangements, including a visitation schedule, decision-making processes, and any specific guidelines.

If you have any questions about child custody or your parenting time, please contact our team of experienced family law attorneys at the Drake Law Firm today by giving us a call at 720-797-6790.

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