Colorado Family Law Decision Making
Colorado differs from the majority of other states in the manner in which the law allocates parental responsibilities and decision making with respect to minor children in divorce cases. Most states simply allocate all such matters to the party that has custody of the child. Colorado law divides such responsibilities into two aspects. These legislated complexities are governed by the Allocation of Parental Responsibility (APR) laws. The particular facts of a given case will determine if the allocation of parental responsibilities will be given solely to one parent or will be jointly shared by both. This allocation does not always depend exclusively upon the amount of quality time a parent spends with the minor child.
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Issues regarding education, religion, medical and dental welfare are generally the focus of parental responsibilities. Other parental responsibilities can be allocated between the parents as well. More mundane decisions such as personal hygiene, discipline, and play date times are most commonly determined by the parent who has immediate custody of the child at the time a decision is required to be made.
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Allocating parental responsibilities in Colorado is more of an art than a legal science. It hinges upon a complicated, case-specific determination of both fact and circumstance. Common sense would dictate that such decisions are best left to the parents who mutually adhere to the standard of the child’s best interest and the law most certainly supports this notion. There are however certain circumstances under which the courts have been asked to intervene to mandate that the sole allocation of certain decisions be awarded to a particular parent. Should you find yourself embroiled in such an allocation controversy with your child's other parent you may rest assured that at Litvak Litvak Mehrtens and Carlton, P.C., we have extensive experience in all aspects of the allocation of parental responsibilities. Don’t hesitate to call us so that we may review the specific facts of your case and offer to you our very best counsel in such sensitive matters.