In Colorado, the term “parental responsibilities” is used in place of
child custody. Colorado’s parental responsibility law can be found under C.R.S.
Under Colorado law, the general assembly believes that it is in the best
interests of all parties to encourage frequent and continuing contact
between each parent and their children after the parents separate or get a
In order to accomplish this, the general assembly urges parents to encourage
love, affection, and frequent contact between the parents and children.
Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
Essentially, the best interests of the child are paramount. That said,
when allocating parental responsibilities, including the parenting time
and decision-making responsibilities, the court shall make a decision
based on what is in the child’s best interests, giving the greatest
consideration to the child’s physical, mental and emotional needs.
When determining the best interests of a child, the court shall consider
all relevant factors, including but not limited to:
- The parents’ wishes
- The financial resources of the parents
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- The child’s relationship with their siblings
- The child’s ties to their school and community
- Any history of drug or alcohol abuse
Any history of
domestic violence (child abuse or spousal abuse)
- The child’s wishes, providing he or she is mature enough to express
Can parents decide on a parenting plan?
The parents may submit a parenting plan or plans for the court’s
approval. If the parties do not submit a parenting plan, or if the court
does not approve the parenting plan that was submitted, then the court
shall create a parenting plan that will address the allocation of parenting
time and decision-making responsibilities.
If the parties are having difficulty agreeing to a parenting plan, the
court may decide to order mediation pursuant to Sec. 13-22-311, C.R.S.
to help the parents formulate, modify, or implement a parenting plan.
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