Divorcing or separating parents will often have very different ideas about what custody arrangement is in the best interest of the child. Whether that disagreement centers on who will be the primary residential parent, or on how much parenting time each parent will have, or on the need for rules or restrictions during one (or both) parent's parenting time, a disagreement about children can quickly turn an amicable separation into a bitterly contested one. It is crucial to have an experienced attorney on your side.
At LunaLaw, LLC, our attorneys have guided clients through hundreds of family law cases involving children. We understand the confusion and frustration that can accompany any discussion related to the future care of a child. Parents may not have thought about the broad variety of issues and factors that a judge will consider. We draw on our experience and knowledge to help you make a well-reasoned and thorough parenting plan, which will help the court issue parenting time orders that are in the best interests of your children.
In Colorado, a well-prepared family law case involves presenting a parenting plan to the court. This plan can be:
A full joint parenting plan or child custody agreement
A partial joint parenting plan
A parenting plan prepared by one party
The parenting plan will include items such as:
Allocation of parental responsibilities (decision-making): While minor decisions such as chores and curfew are almost always up to the parent who has the children at that moment, a parenting plan can make rules regarding the major decisions in a child's life such as those involving the child's education, religion or health care.
Allocation of parental responsibilities (parenting time): Including the days of the week spent with each parent, rules for when, where and how pickup/drop-off occurs, and special rules for holidays
Allocation of parental responsibilities (financial): Including payment of a child's medical insurance bills, educational expenses or extracurricular activity expenses
The parenting plan can be as detailed or as general as necessary. Additionally, if there are factors in your life change, the plan can be modified through the court system.
Do not hesitate to contact a skilled attorney to learn more about this process. At LunaLaw, LLC, our attorneys have experience crafting parenting plans for parents in a wide variety of circumstances: We have handled amicable separations where both parents want each other heavily involved, and we have handled abusive circumstances where a child must be protected. Regardless of the facts of your case, we can help you craft a parenting plan that serves your children's best interests while also helping you avoid future disputes.
If you have questions regarding child custody and parenting plans, schedule a consultation with a lawyer at LunaLaw, LLC. We can be reached through our convenient online contact form. From our office in Delta, we serve clients throughout the Grand Junction area.