The holiday season is right around the corner, which means that parents who are divorced will have to narrow down what happens with the children. There are several things to think about, so now is the best time to get started.
If you already have a Parenting Plan (child custody agreement) in place following the separation of you and the other parent, to modify it, you will need to show the courts that there has been a change of circumstances and that a modification of the Plan is in the children's best interests.
When two parents choose to divorce, they must create a parenting plan delineating how they each share the benefits and responsibilities of parenthood. Often, these issues are some of the most difficult to resolve during the divorce process, because many parents feel the need to fight for greater control over their child's life rather than creating a plan that truly focuses on the child's needs.
When Colorado couples started their families, they probably felt as though their marriages would last forever. Unfortunately, at some point, the marital relationship soured, and one or both spouses decided that divorce would be the best course of action. Even if at least some of those couples want to co-parent, their relationship may not allow them to do so, in which case they may want to consider parallel parenting for their custody and parenting time plans.
Colorado Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (child custody, visitation and decision-making authority) are frequently complicated and can lead to disputes. Regardless of the relationship between the parents, issues can arise. Resolving these disagreements often hinge on formulating strategies for effective co-parenting.
It's best if you and your spouse can agree on parental responsibilities as you negotiate your divorce, but sometimes that doesn't happen. What happens then?
Divorce can mean clearing one hurdle after another, and the first holiday season after a split can be a major hurdle for separated parents.
You and your spouse tried to make your marriage work. The decision to get a divorce wasn't an easy conclusion to come to. However, you are both in agreement that your futures would be better spent apart. You know that you will have to make many decisions regarding finances, property and your children moving forward.
Utah recently passed a "free-range parenting" law that would eliminate penalties for parents who let kids act independently, provided the child is mature enough to engage in the activity and does not face unreasonable risk.