Colorado Family Lawyers for Decision Making Authority
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Despite common misconceptions about divorce involving children, Colorado law has determined that the phrase child custody is no longer used while discussing who gets the child and in what capacity. Instead, parental responsibility is the umbrella term that covers all aspects usually discussed during custody cases.
Just as with legal custody, parental responsibility and decision making authority can either be sole or joint. Most couples are awarded with joint decision making, save for the few cases in which one parent has a history of domestic violence, mental illness, drug use, or lives simply too far away to allow for practical joint decision making.
The following are the main areas of decision making:
- Day-to-day or minor, which include clothing, food, and use of free time
- Major, which include religion, education, and medical
If you and your ex-spouse cannot come to an agreement regarding any of the above issues, your situation is more common than you think. While most people hope to agree on everything regarding their children, it can be very difficult t compromise on matters which you find vitally important.
If a parent decides to move forward with a decision separately, he or she can face serious consequences. If parents cannot agree, the court will appoint either a parenting coordinator, a mediator, or seek to resolve the issue in another fashion.
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At Hinds & Hinds Family Law, P.C., we are meticulous and strategic in all of our handlings of parental responsibility cases. We want to make sure your child is in the best possible hands post-divorce, and we refuse to back down from any challenge, regardless of the complexity of your case. Don’t hesitate to fight for you and your child’s rights!
Call our office and speak to a representative today at 303.900.4788.