This blog has on previous occasions discussed how even in high conflict situations, divorcing or separating couples in Centennial and the other communities in and around Denver can benefit from mediation and collaborative law. The point of these posts was that there are often solutions available that, even if they acknowledge that a couple is likely not going to get along, can save the couple and their children, the heartache of an ugly and drawn-out court battle.
More and more these days, it seems parents in Colorado who are living in separate homes are seeing the benefits of creating detailed and well-thought parenting plans. Detailed parenting plans, after all, can create clear expectations between the parents and thus can foster both a smooth relationship between them as well as stability for their children. On the whole, a comprehensive parenting plan can ensure the best interests of the children involved and head off child custody disputes before they develop.
Like many other states, Colorado has a law that allows grandparents to ask a court for visitation rights with their grandchildren. It is interesting that in Colorado, great-grandparents also have a very similar option to ask for visitation.
It is not unusual for a person in Colorado to move to a new home. Sometimes a person gets a new job in another city. Other times a person might want to move to an area with a lower cost of living, a better commute or to be closer to family. However, if a person is a parent, is no longer in a relationship with their child's other parent and wants to move with the child, the current parenting plan will have to be modified if appropriate.
When parents in Colorado divorce, it can be a difficult time not just for them but for their children as well. Sometimes parents will decide that, despite the fact that their marriage has become untenable, they still want to raise their child together in an optimal environment. Therefore, they may choose to develop a parenting plan that allows them to co-parent their children post-divorce. However, there are certain things parents who wish to pursue co-parenting should keep in mind so that the arrangement is successful.
Child custody orders in Colorado these days may look very different from those established 30 years ago. There are now other options than having a child live with one parent and having visitation with the other parent one weekday and every-other weekend. The primary focus when it comes to child custody these days is what is in the best interests of the child.
When parents in Colorado divorce, they may work together to create a parenting plan. Once the plan is created, parents will have to file the plan with the state and have it approved by the court. This makes the plan legally enforceable.
For most parents in Colorado, nothing is more important to them than their child's well-being. Therefore, if parents divorce, they may want to make sure any child custody decisions are made in a way that allows the child to grow and thrive. The state recognizes this, and therefore, when making child custody decisions, courts are to make decisions that are in the child's best interests.
Raising a child is not always easy, but it is an act of the unconditional love a parent in Colorado has for their child. Parents want their children to grow up in a happy and healthy environment. Therefore, should the parents of a child divorce, they may have many questions about their rights to have access to their child so they can maintain a bond with them.
While some people in Centennial may feel irked to see Christmas decorations for sale in stores before Halloween is even over, for better or worse, the winter holidays will be here before we know it. The holidays always bring with them a certain amount of stress, and this can be especially true if a couple with children has divorced. In fact, divorced parents may be well served to establish a holiday child custody schedule (or review an existing one) sooner, rather than later, to avoid unexpected surprises and conflict.