After a Colorado couple decides to divorce and there are children involved, there are many more issues that must be considered when compared to a simple parting of the ways of people without children. One of the most common circumstances is how the decision-making responsibility will be allocated. Understanding the law is integral to dealing effectively with a case.
When there is a motion made by either of the parents or the court on its own, the decision-making responsibilities will be allocated contingent on the child's best interests. It is possible that both parents will be granted decision-making responsibility in a mutual way. Or, it can be done individually without a combination. Understanding the factors that go into how these responsibilities will be allocated is critical.
The following factors will be considered: whether there is credible evidence regarding the parties' abilities to be cooperative with one another and make the decisions together; whether there is evidence of the parties involvement with the child; there are values, commitment, support and other factors that show the interests of the child take precedence and the parents are fostering a sound relationship with the child; whether there can be a mutual decision-making process on the issues that are important; and the parents will ensure there is consistent and frequent contact with the child.
In many cases, parents can put their differences aside and focus on the child's interests. In others, there are disagreements regarding the decision-making for the child. Some cases are somewhere in between. Having legal assistance from a law firm that understands all aspects of divorce is a smart strategy to achieve a reasonable outcome for everyone involved, especially the child.