A common dispute after a divorce is where a child is going to attend school. This can happen when the child is a toddler or infant at the time of the divorce, especially when the parties did not have an attorney helping them with the divorce.
Unfortunately, sometimes circumstances arise that cause concern for children’s wellbeing. A Motion to Modify can take several months to resolve, which does not provide comfort if there is ongoing danger to the children. In these circumstances, Colorado law provides expedited procedures when children are in imminent danger. There are two types of harm that will trigger these procedures: (1) physical harm; and (2) emotional danger.
Change is constant. Unfortunately, that means that, if you have kids, you will probably need to update your parenting plan before they turn 18. The ease of this process depends on multiple factors, including how cooperative your ex-spouse is, and what types of changes you need.
One of the many disputes I see between ex-spouses after the divorce is a disagreement about where the children will attend school. This is especially common if the divorce happened before the children reached school age. If the parents agreed on joint decision-making, how do they break the deadlock if they cannot agree on a school or school district?
Many people assume that, if they have an uncontested divorce, adding attorneys to the mix will only complicate matters and cause a war. If you are one of those individuals, do not fear! While there are some attorneys who embody this stereotype, there are many others whose desire is to get your divorced from your spouse with minimal collateral damage. Divorce is hard enough on its own – you do not need an attorney who adds fuel to the fire!
Although inadvisable, occasionally one party will withhold parenting time from the other parent. Generally, this is due to a dispute between the parents, most frequently over child support payments.
This is Part II in a series on basics that should be included in every parenting plan. Your Parenting Plan is the “master schedule” for the lives of you and your children after divorce.
Your Parenting Plan is the “master schedule” for the lives of you and your children after divorce. While it can be tailored to meet the unique needs of each family, there are some basics that should be included in every parenting plan.
Each parent is entitled to parenting time, unless it would endanger the child’s physical health or significantly impair the child’s emotional wellbeing. Assuming that the exception does not apply, how does a court determine an appropriate parenting time schedule? Colorado law outlines nine factors for the court to consider when allocating parenting time between the parties.
We have all heard the story of the parents who quit their jobs to avoid paying child support or to get an increased amount of child support. Colorado’s child support statute contains safeguards to ensure that both parents are contributing to their children’s support.