This article describes the
meaning of Colorado Parental Rights and how they must be subject to the child's
best interests. It also explains the various factors that Colorado
Family Law Courts take into consideration while determining Parental
Scope of Parental Rights in Colorado Springs
in Colorado have been subject to a new paradigm shift with regard to
Parental Rights. In cases where the parents of the child are separated,
there is often dispute between the parents as to which one has the
greater right over the child.
The new belief is that Parents
have no "Rights" as such over the Child. If there is anyone who has any
rights in the matter, it is the child. Parents now have what is called
"Parental Responsibilities" and to achieve this, they need to have
Due to Parental Responsibilities, parents are
required to share what is called "Decision Making Responsibility". This
means that with each area that concerns the child, the responsibility
for taking decisions with respect to that field must go to one or the
Sharing Parental Rights
Courts are of the opinion that it is the best
interests of the child to have continuing contact with both parents.
They have also determined that communications between the parents is
good for the child concerned.
In fact, when determining the
allocation of Decision Making Responsibility, courts take into account
the ability of the separated parents to cooperate with each other.
amount of Parenting Time to be given to each Child Depends on Several
Factors. Some of the variables taken into consideration by the Court
1. The age of the Child in question.
2. The Wishes of the Child
3. How well the Child has adjusted to his or her environment
4. The health of the Parents. It is important to note however, that simple disability is never grounds for less parenting time.
5. Whether a particular parent is likely to try and alienate the other
The history the child has with each parent, and the level of past
support and dedication that a parent has shown to the child.
you can see, the entire focus is on the Child's best interests, and in
cases involving negotiating Parenting time, it is crucial that you do
not put forward your own interests in the matter. Courts in Colorado
are extremely intolerant of cases where the parent has selfish reasons
to gain parenting time.
While Sharing Decision Making Responsibilities, courts have another set of criteria. Some of them are:
1. Empirical Evidence that the parents can Co operate with each other
2. Whether joint Responsibility will foster an atmosphere of frequent contact between the child and both parents.
cases where one of the parents have been convicted of Spousal Abuse,
then courts do not favor mutual decision making by the parents unless
it is determined that such sharing need not involve physical contact.
Coming to an Agreement
in Colorado like to allow both parties to come up with their own
parenting plan rather than imposing their own. It will allow both
parents a first shot at creating a plan that both are amenable to.
case the parents are not able to co operate in this, or the court find
their plan unsatisfactory, it will make one of it's own. In addition,
the court may require professional mediation between the parents in
either making or implementing the plan.