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Denver Colorado Divorce Law Blog

How is child custody determined?

Colorado uses the term ‘parental responsibilities’ instead of child custody. Parental responsibilities include parenting time, which refers to the time you spend with your child, and decision-making responsibilities, which refer to the authority to make long-term decisions about your child’s life.

Parents often have the most control over parenting time and decision-making arrangements when they work together to reach an agreement. However, there are instances when this does not work out.

How could legal marijuana affect your custody case?

Although it is no longer a crime to use marijuana recreationally, it could complicate your custody case. Before any judge will grant you custody, they will want to know you can provide a safe environment for your child. Some judges will want additional assurance that the child will be safe in your home if marijuana is present. How can you convince them?

What happens when your co-parent doesn’t pay their child support?

Throughout the divorce process, many parents strive to shield their children from any divorce-related conflict. As the adults, you feel that it’s unfair to put your children in the middle of adult problems. This is sometimes difficult when it comes to receiving the court-ordered child support.

When one parent chooses not to pay or not maintain employment that enables them to pay, it hurts your children, not just you. The good news is that the state of Colorado is on your side when it comes to parents who are voluntarily underemployed to avoid their child support responsibilities.

Will I receive maintenance?

One of the first questions divorcing people ask is how will they support themselves financially during the divorce process and after the divorce is finalized. Anyone who sacrificed pursuing a career or attending higher education to focus on their family or marriage, or is the lower earning spouse, will certainly feel the stress. However, financial assistance in the form of maintenance is often available.

Maintenance, also referred to as "alimony" or "spousal support", is money paid from one spouse to the other while the divorce is pending and/or after it has been finalized. Maintenance is not guaranteed in Colorado, but there are several factors that can make it a possibility for those who need it.