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Child Custody

Decision-Making in a Parenting Plan

How Does Decision-Making Affect My Parenting Plan?

In a Colorado divorce, the court may allocate decision-making responsibilities between the parents. This decision is based upon the best interests of the child. Occasionally, a court will award one parent sole responsibility over all major decisions, but this is rare. In some cases, a court may divide out areas of decision-making. In this scenario, the court will allow one parent sole decision-making authority in one area – such as schooling, religion, or healthcare – and award the other parent sole authority in another area. This scenario is also uncommon.

Shared Decision-Making is Ideal in Colorado Family Court

Generally, the court will strive to order shared decision-making. This is probably as close to the way it was before the divorce as can be achieved, requiring parents to work together on the major decisions and thus reach a consensus. Sometimes, a court might order some form of “tie breaker,” but it’s clear that the primary objective of the court is to get the parents to focus on what’s best for their kids.

Factors for the Court to Consider

In your family law case, the court will consider various factors, including:

  • The wishes of both parents
  • The child’s adjustment to home, school, and community
  • The mental and physical health of all parties involved
  • The interaction of the child with his or her parents and siblings
  • Physical proximity to the parents
  • Whether either of the parents have engaged in child neglect or abuse

The court will also examine evidence on how the parties can cooperate with each other to make decisions jointly and how the allocation of decision-making will affect the relationship between the parent and child. Once the court has weighed all of these factors, it will determine how to allocate decision-making responsibilities. Discussing your specific case with a lawyer from our firm is a good place to start if you have further questions about this process.

Contact Us Today to Discuss Your Options

In the state of Colorado, child custody is referred to as “parenting time.” Involvement from both parents is considered ideal, and the family law court will always prioritize the best interests of the child above all else. We share your concerns. Additionally, we work hard to help our clients achieve positive case resolutions that protect their families and their children.

Contact our Colorado firm at (303) 394-3030 to request your free case evaluation today.