The child’s best interest and differing parenting styles is a difficult concept.
Parents naturally place a very high importance on the well-being of their children. The state of Colorado concurs and has statutes that emphasize the importance of considering the best interests of children in determining parental responsibilities, including decision-making and parenting time and insuring that the financial support conforms to the Colorado Child Support Guidelines.
At Carolyn Moller Duncan, P.C., we advise our clients accordingly and help them understand the law and their legal options. We work to protect their rights and achieve parenting solutions that are in the best interests of their children.
Custody & Parenting Plans
Whenever possible, courts in Colorado favor joint decision-making that grants both parents a say in how a child is raised. In this type of arrangement, the parents share decisions regarding health, education, religion and other general issues. We will work together to determine your desired parental responsibilities and parenting time goals, and then our firm will seek to achieve those goals on your behalf.
We can advise and represent you in matters involving:
Parental responsibilities including decision-making and parenting time
Modifications in parental responsibilities and parenting time
Parental relocation and move-aways
Paternity as it relates to parental responsibilities and child support
Child Support with Regard to Parenting Time
The amount of child support to be paid by one spouse to another will depend on the number of overnights the child spends with each parent. Many divorcing parents know that if the child spends between 93 and 182 nights per year with the parent who is paying child support, the amount of support owed to the other parent will be lower. However, it is important to recognize that there is still a range – the closer you are to spending 182 overnights per year with your children, the more expense you will incur and the less child support you will be expected to pay.
These considerations may influence your decisions regarding parenting time arrangements. Contact us to discuss these matters and let us help you reach a decision that is right for you and your children.