Divorce can be hard on everyone in an affected family, from the parents who choose to end their marital relationship to the children who must learn to live in a new and unfamiliar arrangement. When Colorado residents think of custody after a divorce they may immediately focus on physical custody, which addresses with which parent a child will reside. Physical custody is an incredibly important consideration and if the parents cannot decide how best to care for their children in their post-divorce lives the family law court will issue an order that protects the children's best interests.
A marriage creates an intangible bond between two people who choose to legally unite themselves together. Once a marriage is created, a Colorado couple may enjoy a host of benefits that come with electing to support another person and, in some cases, creating a family with their partner. Some of the benefits that married people enjoy relate to money and property ownership, and those rights and benefits can become clouded should divorce threaten to break a couple's marital bonds.
When a separate sex couple in Colorado brings a child into the world there are generally few questions about the child's parentage. Biological mothers and fathers are listed on children's birth certificates and those acknowledgements, as well as legal presumptions about marriage and parentage, usually result in both individuals having parental rights over their kids during their relationships and when those relationships end in divorce.
Every day, children are born to Colorado parents, and the families those children enter can have very unique characteristics. Some families are led by married parents, and some families may include two parents who have chosen not to wed. In some instances, children may be born to single mothers who are not involved with their kids' fathers, and in other instances their mothers may know who their children's dads are and may struggle to convince those men of their roles as fathers.
No one ever said that co-parenting would be easy, but the benefits for the parents and the children are immeasurable. For one, psychological research shows that children benefit from regular and frequent contact with both parents. Secondly, parents can benefit from dividing the burdens of single parenthood between themselves and the other spouse half of the time.