Family Law Attorney in Grand Junction, CO
In the state of Colorado, the terms “custody” and “visitation” are being phased out. Instead, courts are making the law proceedings known as parental responsibilities.
Types of parental responsibilities include:
Decision-making – This includes medical and educational decisions.
Parenting Time – Depending on the circumstances, each parent will have equal or unequal visitation rights of their child(ren). If parents can not work together to agree on decision-making for the child a judge will award decision to one parent.
Parental responsibility laws include determining who a child lives with, who gets decision making of the child(ren), and what parenting time or visitation is allowed for parents and non-custodial parents (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc).
Parent Visitation Rights
A judge will assess which parent gets parental responsibility based on what is best for the child(ren). The court will take into account a child’s wishes, emotions towards each parent, financial stability, a parents neighborhood or living situation. Typically a judge in Colorado will order parents to have joint parental responsibility, meaning both parents share the responsibility of the child(ren)s major life decisions, such as health or education.
Non-Custodial Parent Rights
The state of Colorado recognizes non-custodial parents, such as grandparents, aunts, and uncles as having the right to visit with the child(ren), however, there are limits to the rights of non-custodial parents decisions in raising the children.