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The issue of parenting time covers what the regular parenting schedule will be for the children involved, including pick-up and drop-off arrangements, visitation schedules, and vacation and holiday schedules. These decisions are made in accordance with what is viewed as being in the “best interests of the child.” By state law, the court has to look at many factors to determine what is in a child’s best interests, including the areas outlined below.
In an APR action, decision-making is also addressed. Many major decisions need to be made for children, including those related to medical treatments, religion, and education, so the court needs to decide who will be responsible for making those big choices. Both parents can receive the right to make these decisions jointly, or one parent may receive the ability to make the major decisions on his or her own. As with parenting time, the court will consider may factors before making a call, including the areas covered below.
In an APR action, the child support obligation is also set. This is based on many factors, including the allocation of parenting time and the respective incomes and assets of both parents. Child support is an ongoing obligation that will impact your finances now and in the future, so be sure to speak to an attorney about it and other areas of child custody and visitation to ensure that your rights are protected.
More than one person can bring an APR action. Parents are the most common, but a person other than a parent who has had a child in his or her care for at least six months can also petition the court for this process. A person other than the parent who has custody of or parental responsibilities through an order of juvenile court can also petition the court for an APR proceeding.
Colorado does recognize the rights of grandparents with their grandchildren. The court looks at various factors when considering the rights of a grandparent to see his or her grandchild, including the relationship the grandparents have with the grandchild, how much support they have provided the grandchild and his or her parents, and their level of past and current involvement in the child’s life and care. If you are a grandparent who is concerned about seeing your grandchild, speak to an attorney about your case.
Naturally, the allocation of parenting responsibilities will shape your relationship and time spent with your child. The Burnham Law Firm’s team of experienced professionals is ready and able to assist you with your APR action so your rights and wishes have a place in the proceedings. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.